Retired fire chief Dick Armitage

Training room named for firefighter

He served the Sardis fire hall for decades.

Richard 'Dick' Armitage became a volunteer member of the Sardis fire hall in 1956 when it was located on Knight Road, and served as its brigade chief for years.

He served the Sardis fire hall for decades.

Richard ‘Dick’ Armitage became a volunteer member of the Sardis fire hall in 1956 when it was located on Knight Road, and served as its brigade chief for years.

Some of the current members of the fire hall approached the brass at the Chilliwack Fire Department, seeking a special way to mark his considerable contributions.

The training room at the Sardis fire hall was officially renamed the Dick Armitage room in his honour this week, confirmed Chilliwack Fire Chief Rick Ryall.

“It’s just a way of recognizing his incredible contribution and commitment to the fire department,” he said. “That’s a huge amount of time, and many of those years he served as brigade chief, and all in a volunteer capacity.”

Armitage, 81, a retired butcher, served the department for 36 years until 1992, as a volunteer firefighter and brigade chief. His butcher shop was located next door to the fire hall at one point.

“All of our volunteer and paid-on-call members make a huge commitment and are a huge part of the department,” he said.

Consequently, they were “more than happy” to follow through on the members’ recommendation and “make this happen,” Ryall said.

The honour and the room naming comes on the heels of the just released history book, Chilliwack Fire Department 1906 – 2006 The First 100, in which his services was chronicled as well.

“We were excited to learn they are naming a room after him at the Sardis fire hall,” said his wife, Evelyn Armitage. “Dick was blown away when he found out. It’s such an honour.”

A special presentation at the hall took place Monday night.

While Armitage was still in the department, his wife collected three scrapbooks worth of information and memorabilia to do with the activities of the firefighters, which she later donated for the book project.

“We are hoping some of that information made it into the new book,” she said.

Some of their other family members are also serving in the department, including their son-in-law, Barry Anderson, and their grandson, Brent Anderson. His dad was a dispatcher downtown.

“We think it’s pretty neat that there’s a family connection,” she said.

It’s not a coincidence that there is a history of service in the family, according to the fire chief.

“I think it speaks to not only how individually committed the person was, but also how the fire department was portrayed as something important to belong to,” he said. “I don’t think it’s an accident.”

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

twitter.com/CHWKjourno

Just Posted

Mixed bag of weather ahead for Chilliwack

Week starts off with rain before clearing for sunnier days midweek

Watercolours by late Chilliwack artist to be unveiled at Yarrow Library

The public is invited to a special unveiling of three of Heinz Klassen’s watercolour paintings

Yarrow Library one of the stops on Cubetto’s grand tour

FVRL’s friendly wooden robot, Cubetto, travels throughout Fraser Valley to teach programming basics

No home for Agassiz Community Garden on school district land

The garden is still homeless after SD78 said no to the society using the McCaffrey School property

Chilliwack PEO: ‘We who are sisters’

International oganization celebrating 150 years of service

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

Police say ‘no major incidents’ at 4/20, Vancouver Park Board assessing

The first smoke-out held since legalization saw 60,000 people at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach

VIDEO: Langley firefighters spend hours battling blaze in vacant home

Cause of the late-night fire in Willoughby is still under investigation

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

RCMP looking for witnesses to four-vehicle crash in Burnaby

Police suspect impaired driving was a contributing factor

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Most Read