The Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs is proud to announce that two members have received The Mary Beth Dolin Meritorious Fire Service Medal.
On Tuesday October 06, 2015 Fire Chief Phil Carpenter (Portage la Prairie FD) and Fire Chief Dan Thorsteinson (Selkirk FD) were each presented with the Mary Beth Dolin Meritorious Fire Service Medal by the Minister of Labour and Immigration, the Honourable Erna Braun at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Mary Beth Dolin’s daughter Betsy Dolin also assisted with the presentation with Fire Commissioner Dave Schafer acting as the Master of Ceremonies.
This award was established in 1988 to honour individual achievement in the Manitoba Fire Service and is awarded to those who have demonstrated excellence, leadership or outstanding achievement, or to those whose contributions have substantially enhanced the safety of the people of Manitoba. Mary Beth Dolin was a dedicated educator, school administrator and served as the Minister of Labour from 1981 to 1985; the award is named for Dolin to commemorate her spirit of public service, which exemplified the unselfish dedication to duty prized within the fire service.
Chief CARPENTER is a long standing member of the MAFC, and has served the Board in many capacities during his tenure. He has represented not only the City of Portage, but also as the Mutual Aid Coordinator for the Boyne River MAD. In August 2004, he represented the MAFC on the Building Standards Board and worked closely with the other members of this Board until the maximum term of 10 years expired in 2014. He continues to represent the Association on the Fire Code/Inspection Committee and is very knowledgeable in this area, sharing with all his peers.
He is also very active with the MB Firefighter’s Burn Fund. With the assistance of his department members, an annual bike auction is held each May in Portage, generally selling well over 100 bikes and the proceeds go to the Burn Fund. Portage Fire Department also hosts a Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund Golf Tournament each July at the Island Park Golf Course; Chief CARPENTER coordinates this each year and the members of his Department assist.
Chief THORSTEINSON is also a long standing member of the MAFC, and continues to maintain his membership although he can no longer attend regular Board meetings due to personal commitments. A well respected business owner in Selkirk, he has dedicated himself to his family, business and community.
Chief THORSTEINSON represented the MAFC for several years on the SOA Committee and worked closely with the Office of the Fire Commissioner in this role. Over the years, he has also chaired the Public Education Committee for the MAFC and has always held the ideals of fire prevention and public education very close, always promoting fire safety across the Province of Manitoba.
He was also very active in the Executive of the “Riverboat Burn Fund Dinner”, a top notch event that was used to assist the MB Firefighter’s Burn Fund. In 2009, Chief THORSTEINSON was also awarded the Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
We congratulate both these gentlemen on a job well done!