Victoria Fire Chief Receives the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

This morning, Mayor Fortin presented Victoria Fire Chief Jeff Lambert with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Chief Lambert was nominated for the medal by the Fire Chief's Association of BC for his dedication to the fire service in British Columbia and for his work on a national level. 

The commemorative medal marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. To celebrate the event, 60,000 outstanding Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life are being honoured for their contributions or distinguished service to their fellow citizens, to their community, and to their country.

Before his appointment as Victoria's 32nd Fire Chief in 2011, Lambert served over five years as Fire Chief for the City of Port Moody, and prior to that was Fire Chief in Fort St. John and Chief Fire Prevention Officer for the District of Powell River.

Jeff Lambert has held a number of volunteer positions with the Fire Chief's Association of BC since he joined in 2003, such as serving as both a Director and Vice-President on the Executive Board; as Vice-President with Fire Prevention Canada; and as Chair for the Working Smoke Alarms (BC) campaign last year.

Fire prevention is Lambert's forte, as he has worked with many BC Fire departments and the Office of the BC Fire Commissioner to keep the “prevention is the best fire service message”, resonating across the province and Canada. Lambert's other medals include the 25-year British Columbia Long Service Medal, and the 20 and 30-year Federal Fire Service Exemplary Service medals.

About the Medal

The design of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal was developed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority and approved by Her Majesty The Queen. The medal is manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint.

The obverse depicts and image of the Sovereign, in whose name the medal is bestowed. The reverse marks the 60th or “diamond” anniversary of the accession to the Throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The anniversary is expressed by the central diamond shape, by the background composed of a pattern of diamonds, and by the two dates, 1952 and 2012. The maple leaves refer to Canada, while the Latin motto VIVAT REGINA means “Long live The Queen!”