CVRD Congratulates Retiring Fire Chief and Welcomes New Chief to the Oyster River

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), along with retiring fire chief Niels Holbek, welcomes former deputy chief, Bruce Green, as the new fire chief of the Oyster River volunteer fire/rescue service. 

Chief Holbek has served the community as a firefighter for 37 years and has been chief since 2007. His official last day as chief is June 30, 2015. 

One of many career highlights for Oyster River fire department’s chief and deputy chief.  Pictured here at the Oyster River fire hall in 2014 upon acquisition of a new fire truck are from left to right, Oyster River fire department’s retiring fire chief Niels Holbek, Comox Valley Regional District Puntledge-Black Creek (Electoral Area 'C') director Edwin Grieve, Strathcona Regional District Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Electoral Area ‘D’)director Brenda Leigh, and incoming Oyster River fire department chief Bruce Green.

New fire chief Bruce Green has provided 25 years of service to the department and has been deputy chief for the same amount of time as Holbek has been chief. 

“On behalf of the CVRD, I extend congratulations to Niels on his retirement and am pleased to welcome the new chief, Bruce Green, to his new post,” said CVRD Director Edwin Grieve, Puntledge-Black Creek, (Electoral Area 'C'). “The community has been well-served and will continue to be.” 

“We are grateful of the long-term service by both Niels and Bruce and are very appreciative of their dedication and professionalism,” said Strathcona Regional District Director Brenda Leigh, Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Electoral Area ‘D’). “We know this will be a smooth transition with Bruce’s knowledge and expertise of the job and the region.” 

The Oyster River Volunteer Fire/Rescue Association provides fire protection, rescue, extrication from motor vehicle accidents and emergency first responder service in the Black Creek, Oyster Bay, and York Road areas. More information can be found on their website at

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

Media contact:          
Ian Smith, GM of community services
Comox Valley Regional District
Tel: 250-334-6003