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Richmond Fire-Rescue chief bids farewell

April 11, 2022
By FFIC Staff

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April 11, Richmond, B.C. – After more than three decades with Richmond Fire-Rescue, Chief Tim Wilkinson is retiring from his role on April 30.

Wilkinson, who joined Richmond Fire-Rescue in 1986, has been an active member of the community and played a significant role in strengthening the city’s fire rescue capabilities and supporting the safety of residents and businesses.

After launching his firefighter career in Richmond, Wilkinson progressed through the department’s ranks, becoming a company officer in 2005. Appointed fire captain soon after, Wilkinson went on to become battalion chief in 2008, deputy chief in 2009 and then fire chief in 2018.

Along with several nominations throughout his career, Wilkinson has received several 911 awards from the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. The awards go to emergency services personnel for their outstanding commitment to the City of Richmond. He has also received a provincial 30-year Federal Bar in recognition of his service.

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Wilkinson worked hard to bring diversity and integration into Richmond Fire-Rescue, both through his time as union president of IAFF Local 1286 as well as chief. Almost 20 per cent of new hires are now women and almost one-third are visible minorities.

A new Fire Chief is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.