Malaspina Volunteer Fire Department Announces Retirement of Chief Dave Keiver After 46 Years of Exemplary Service

qathet, BC – The Malaspina Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) bids farewell to Fire Chief Dave Keiver who announced his retirement after a volunteer career spanning over four and a half decades. Chief Keiver’s dedication, and commitment to public safety have left an unforgettable mark on the south end community and entire region.


Throughout his tenure, Chief Keiver has been a point of guidance for the MVFD, promoting the values of service, bravery, and selflessness. His passion for firefighting and his tireless efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of his crew and residents have earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues. Under his watch, the MVFD has consistently upheld its commitment to saving lives and protecting property.


Reflecting on his remarkable journey, Chief Keiver expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve alongside dedicated firefighters and volunteers, stating, “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our community for 46 years. I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together, and I am grateful for the unwavering support of my colleagues, friends, and family throughout this incredible journey. I am very proud of this fire department and am sure that it will continue to serve the community with distinction.”


“As Chief Keiver embarks on a well-deserved retirement, the qathet Regional District extends its heartfelt appreciation for his service, and unwavering commitment to public safety,” said Clay Brander, qathet Regional District Board Chair. “While his presence will be deeply missed, his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of volunteer firefighters.”


The MVFD is committed to ensuring a seamless transition and maintaining the highest standards of service excellence in Chief Keiver’s absence. Deputy Chief Bill Ashworth will step up to the role of Acting Fire Chief beginning May 1st, until a permanent replacement is determined. Please join us in congratulating Chief Dave Keiver on his retirement and thanking him for his extraordinary service to the MVFD and the qathet region at large.


About the qathet Regional District:

The qathet Regional District serves the rural areas from Lund to sḵelhp (Saltery Bay), the City of Powell River, Texada Island, Savary Island, and Lasqueti Island. The qRD provides some services, through contract, to Tla’amin Nation. To learn more please visit



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