–District of Sooke media release
After 36 years of dedicated community service, District of Sooke Fire Chief, Steve Sorensen, announced today that he has decided to hang up his white helmet for the last time and is retiring from the Sooke Fire Rescue Service.
Chief Sorensen first joined the Sooke Fire Department in 1980 as a volunteer. In 1997, Steve fulfilled his lifetime dream of becoming a career firefighter. With the incorporation of the Sooke in 1999, he became the first employee of the new District. In 2009, Steve was appointed Fire Chief, and later the additional role of Emergency Coordinator.
“After being on duty 24hrs/day, 7 days/week for all those years, it’s now time to relax and spend time with family and friends,” said Chief Sorensen.
Not one to sit still, he will be able to concentrate on building his new home and the restoration of his 1930 (you guessed it) fire truck.
Chief Administrative Officer, Teresa Sullivan commented, “Chief Sorensen has been a shining example of community service in Sooke, having selflessly given countless hours to ensuring the protection of residents and organizing fundraising events to benefit the community. On behalf of the community, we thank him for all he has done for Sooke, and wish him a well-deserved break and a very happy retirement.”