Vic­to­ria fire hall gets a name

Build­ing now known as W. Vi­vian His­cock Fire Hall af­ter the brigade’s first chief

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

VIC­TO­RIA, NL — The Vic­to­ria Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment build­ing has been given a name with a spe­cial mean­ing.

On Tues­day evening, April 17, mem­bers of the Vic­to­ria town coun­cil, along with res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity and some gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, gathered at the town’s fire depart­ment for a spe­cial event – the re­nam­ing of the build­ing, giv­ing it its first of­fi­cial name since con­struc­tion.

What was once the un­named fire hall, is now known as the W. Vi­vian His­cock Fire Hall, named af­ter Vi­vian His­cock, the first fire chief of the brigade, which was started in 1975.

His­cock, as well as his fam­ily, were all present at the event. His­cock spoke fondly of the nam­ing, rem­i­nisc­ing back to the early days of his ca­reer as chief in the ‘70s, along­side 50 other men.

Af­ter a 15-year stint, His­cock re­tired as per the age limit for fire­fight­ers in the depart­ment’s by­laws, but still man­aged to help out the brigade in other ways af­ter his re­tire­ment. “I was re­ally, re­ally glad to see this here to­day,” said His­cock af­ter un­veil­ing the new sig­nage along the side of the build­ing with Mayor Barry Doo­ley.

“When I got the call telling me about the de­ci­sion to put my name up there, I cried. I had no other choice.”

His­cock spoke highly of the brigade that the build­ing cur­rently houses as well, not­ing that through­out the years, the Vic­to­ria Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment has done just as much for him as he has done for them.

“This re­ally is an hon­our. In fact, I’m more than hon­oured. I’m deeply, deeply hum­bled.”

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

Vi­vian His­cock was Vic­to­ria’s first fire chief af­ter the depart­ment came to­gether in 1975.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

The pre­vi­ously un­named fire hall is now known as the W. Vi­vian His­cock Fire Hall.

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