Delta Fire Department Capt. Mark Pfeifer’s was recently presented with a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his work assisting members of the Canadian military to achieve employment within the fire service.
Pfeifer is the president and CAO of a rescue and safety company that also provides training. He offers this training, at no cost, to former members of the Canadian military to assist them in finding employment with fire departments upon the conclusions of their military careers.
“Capt. Pfeifer is an outstanding leader with the Delta Fire and Emergency Services and we are very proud of his commitment to his fellow comrades from the Canadian military,” said Delta fire Chief Paul Schofield.
Pfeifer said the award recognizes Pfeifer’s love and passion for both the fire department and military service.
“I spent eight years as an armed forces reservist before joining the fire service, so it is something that is near and dear to me,” said Pfeifer. “The availability of a lot of connections through the fire department the past few years, we were able to help a lot of guys get their training and get their skills up so they could get their qualifications to get jobs.”
Pfeifer has been with the Delta Fire Department since 1996.
He said he was honoured to receive the award.
“It was a bit of a shock when we got the email. I didn’t know chief [Schofield] was going to be there so that was really nice and once you get there you really see what a big deal this is,” he said. “It was a pretty formal affair. It was quite a turnout with a lot of great people who had done so much for Veterans Affairs.”