VICTORIA, NL — The Victoria Volunteer Fire Department building has been given a name with a special meaning.
On Tuesday evening, April 17, members of the Victoria town council, along with residents of the community and some government officials, gathered at the town’s fire department for a special event – the renaming of the building, giving it its first official name since construction.
What was once the unnamed fire hall, is now known as the W. Vivian Hiscock Fire Hall, named after Vivian Hiscock, the first fire chief of the brigade, which was started in 1975.
Hiscock, as well as his family, were all present at the event. Hiscock spoke fondly of the naming, reminiscing back to the early days of his career as chief in the '70s, alongside 50 other men. After a 15-year stint, Hiscock retired as per the age limit for firefighters in the department's bylaws, but still managed to help out the brigade in other ways after his retirement.
“I was really, really glad to see this here today,” said Hiscock after unveiling the new signage along the side of the building with Mayor Barry Dooley. “When I got the call telling me about the decision to put my name up there, I cried. I had no other choice.”
Hiscock spoke highly of the brigade that the building currently houses as well, noting that throughout the years, the Victoria Volunteer Fire Department has done just as much for him as he has done for them.
“This really is an honour. In fact, I’m more than honoured. I’m deeply, deeply humbled.”