At an Award ceremony held at the Fire Services Headquarters in Roseau on Wednesday, Alvin Jarvis of Bense was taken by surprise when he was named Fire Officer of 2016. He said “I was surprised, elated, and a bit nervous. I didn’t expect it”.Jarvis has been a Fire Officer for 10 years, and presently serves at the Roseau Headquarters of the Fire Services. He believes his productivity& discipline is what brought him this far, and expressed that he had great passion for his job.
He said, “This is something I cannot leave, or I feel I should not leave. Whether it is fire fighting or the mechanics part of it, I just love it”. Jarvis sys he is always willing to assist others “while on and off duty.” He added, “If I am at home and hear the siren, I would call or respond with my private vehicle”.He acknowledged that Fire Chief Josiah Dupuis motivated him to become a fire officer. He added “We are from the same place, and his success, discipline, and mannerisms really motivated me to pursue it. I didn’t believe I would be here today”. Jarvis intends to continue working hard, and do what it takes to save lives.
Meanwhile, Fire Chief Josiah Dupuis describes Jarvis as a Fire Officer who has a remarkable display of management skills beyond his actual rank. Dupuis spoke highly of Jarvis, saying “He gives great advice and suggestions to his supervisors and officers who work here at Headquarters, and at other stations. He is not known to be a complainer, but rather, he always seems to bring a solution to the table. He attends virtually every fire call when he is on duty”. Dupuis added, “By my count, he probably responds to about 95% of all emergencies when he is off duty, and particularly to those around Roseau.” He also described Jarvis as someone who shows a sense of cleanliness, order, and organization, to name a few.
Meanwhile, Fire Officer Terry Auguiste who works at the Roseau Fire Station, was awarded for displaying a high level of discipline. Fire Officer, Thora Robinson who has been serving for 16 years, received the ‘Fire Officer of the Year Award at the Melville Hall Fire Station’. Fire Officer Ken Bully received the ‘Officer of the Year Award at the St Joseph Station’, and Fire Officer Vernon Joseph who has been serving for the past 6 years received the ‘Officer of the Year Award at the Portsmouth Station’. All of the Fire Officers were thankful for the recognition and awards they received.
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