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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council honoured one of the City’s firefighters at last week’s City Council meeting after passing a milestone.

Firefighter Tyler Risteau was honoured with a Long Service award after he has officially been serving with the Fort St. John Fire Department for 15 years. Resteau started as a full time firefighter on December 23rd, 2002, and has since climbed the ranks to become a senior firefighter, serving as Acting Captain when required.

“Tyler is as an excellent Fire Fighter that gets along with everyone he works with,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “He has a great sense of humor, and he exhibits exceptional morale that sets an example for the Department. Tyler is a highly valued member of the Fire Department. Thank you for the last fifteen years of service Tyler, and we look forward to the next fifteen.”

City Council also voted in favour of sending a letter of support for Bernard Thompson, who is applying with the Passenger Transportation Board for licenses to operate two more taxis. Thompson addressed Council about his application to the Board, which requires an operator to demonstrate that there is a need in a given community for increased taxi service when operators apply.

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Mayor Ackerman and Councillor Larry Evans will be making trips to the Lower Mainland area later this year on behalf of the City to attend a pair of conferences related to health care. Council voted in favour of authorizing Mayor Ackerman attending the Heart-Mind Conference “Take Care of Yourself: The Science & Practice of Well-Being” on February 23rd and 24th. The conference will feature a meeting to discuss the first steps to bringing the conference framework to Northern B.C., which would be facilitated by a donor in the future.

Council also voted in favour of Councillor Evans attending the Job Fair for Recruiting Surgeons in Whistler on May 5th. This will be the second straight year that the City will attend the job fair, which looks to connect communities wishing to recruit general surgeons with senior resident trainees. A report from staff said that though the City isn’t currently looking to recruit a General Surgeon, the job fair will present the opportunity to put Fort St. John into the minds soon-to-be graduating physicians.

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