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Retired firefighter Dave Rivett was a longtime faculty member in Fire & Safety Division

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dave Rivett, a firefighter and longtime faculty member in the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) Fire & Safety Division (FSD). Rivett, who had been battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma for the past year, died on July 16 following a cardiac arrest at his home. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the presumptive occupational diseases recognized by WorkSafeBC for firefighters.

Flags at all JIBC campuses are already at half-mast in memory of Doug Armour, Assistant Fire Chief of Maple Ridge Fire Department, who also worked for several years in JIBC's Fire & Safety Division. They will continue to be lowered, now also in honour of the life and service of Dave Rivett.

Rivett’s service at JIBC was a lengthy one, having started as a faculty member at the original Jericho Hill campus in Vancouver. He taught in the Fire & Safety Division for more than 30 years and his tenure included representing JIBC’s FSD internationally, delivering our courses to firefighters in Saudi Arabia.

His passion was emergency scene management, and handling industrial and hazardous materials. His students thoroughly enjoyed his delivery style, which was supported by his extensive experience working in emergency services.

Rivett worked for Surrey Fire Service for much of his firefighting career, retiring in 2010 as a Battalion Chief. He then went on to work with Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service as an Assistant Chief of Operations until 2015. He was known in the BC Fire Service as a master strategic and tactical officer as well as a long-serving JIBC faculty member, a team of which he was very proud to be a part.

“JIBC offers its deepest condolences to Dave Rivett’s family, friends, and colleagues past and present at FSD, and the Surrey and Abbotsford fire departments,” said Dr. Michel Tarko, President and CEO of JIBC. “His dedication to the training and education of the Fire Service was valued by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.”


Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.