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Central Saanich Fire Department mourning the loss of Assistant Fire Chief Forrest Owens

August 9, 2022  By FFIC Staff

Aug. 9, 2022, Central Saanich, B.C. — The Central Saanich Fire Department is mourning the loss of Assistant Fire Chief Forrest Owens, who passed away at home on July 21. Forrest was known and loved by many, stated the municipality in its announcement, noting he was a leader, a brother and a mentor; above all else, a proud husband, father and grandfather.

Forrest started with the Central Saanich Fire Department in 1986 and put in over 35 years of service to the community. He was a volunteer firefighter, captain, and career assistant fire chief. When he retired from his career position he continued on as an active paid call assistant fire chief.

“Forrest was someone who was always there to help, he was kind, generous and was a rock for our department,” said Deputy Chief Stacey Lee in the municipal statement. “He was a true legend in the fire service and our community and it’s never been more evident than with the recent outpouring of love for Forrest to his family and our department.”

Forrest was a leader who wore many hats. He advocated for mental health awareness for emergency responders, was pivotal in the training of Central Saanich Fire members, led the community’s prevention and inspection program for many years, and was well respected and liked by all.


“Forrest’s contributions to the community have had a lasting impact,” said Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor in the statement. “He will be greatly missed.”

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Forrest Owens Memorial Scholarship, c/o the Central Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Association to be established for local youth pursuing a career in fire fighting. Donations can be sent by e-transfer to .

Condolences to the family or the fire department may be sent via email to:

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