District Recognizes Seven New Firefighter Recruits

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 – The Sooke Fire Department welcomed seven new members as the 2020 graduating class – Malcolm Constantine, Carsen Holmquist, Kurtis Horne, Hollie Krutz, Scott McMahan, Michelle Schultz and Erin Topelko. At a small ceremony, our proud firefighters were presented with pins from their family members recognizing this accomplishment of completing the Recruit Program and their Probationary Period.

The department welcomes the seven members of the Class of 2020 and thanks them for their many hours of dedication and hard work over this past year. It has been a challenging journey for these new members as they navigated their training while navigating COVID-19 safety precautions.

Captain Cam Norris-Jones, Lead Training Officer and Lead Instructor, recognizes how the Class of 2020 pivoted in response to the COVIOD-19 pandemic, “this class persevered. They remained motivated and engaged throughout the program. The pandemic put a brief pause on the program, but there was no pause in this team’s enthusiasm and dedication to the service. This is a testament to their commitment.”


Mayor Maja Tait –

“I would like to thank Chief Mount, Captain Norris-Jones and the entire Sooke Fire Rescue Team for their efforts and work in navigating the pandemic and keeping our community safe. This is a significant accomplishment. To have a strong team of female recruits is notable. I hope these women will encourage and inspire others to consider joining the service.”

Fire Chief, Kenn Mount –

“These members are committed to serving the community with the highest standards of care and it is a privilege to have them join the Sooke Fire Rescue Team.”

Quick facts – Quarter 1 2021 Statistics:

  • 11 Fires
  • 15 Rescues
  • 130 Medical Calls
  • 8 Hazardous Calls
  • 8 Mutual Aid Calls

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Christina Moog, District of Sooke Communications Coordinator
Tel: 250.642.1634, ext. 678  l  e: cmoog@sooke.ca