Bruce Kilby. Supplied

Bruce Kilby. Supplied

Election 2018: Langley City firefighter running for council

Capt. Bruce Kilby has 38 years with the department

Bruce Kilby, a Langley City Firefighter (POC) Captain of 38 years, is running for a seat on Langley City Council in the October municipal election.

Kilby, a 40-year resident and homeowner in Langley City, ranks public safety, family living and manageable taxes as top priorities as well as promoting the City of Langley as a vibrant and entertaining city that encourages business.

As a first responder, he said he has seen the devastation homelessness can cause to both the individual who is homeless but also to the citizens of Langley that have become victims of homeless activities and other criminal activity.

“Safety of our residents and crime reduction is a top priority,” Kilby said.

Having raised his family in the City, the importance of having and encouraging youth, family and senior programs, while providing suitable residence opportunities for them, must be in place if the city is to grow, he said.

Kilby is a nine-year member of the City Advisory Planning Committee and believes businesses and retail are the lifeblood to any downtown core if the city is to create an exceptional and pleasant environment and must be encouraged if we wish to create an energetic destination and entertainment shopping opportunity.

He is presently a volunteer member of the Board of Directors in both the BC Songwriters Showcase Association and the Ron Dunkley Memorial Society. He is a member of the Langley Writer’s Guild having written four adventure novels for children, he has worked with the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program and has received the Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community, 125th Confederation Medal, the Exemplary Service Medal for both Fire and Corrections Services.

“Having Bruce Kilby on council will ensure that the voters have a councillor that they can trust to ask the tough questions and come up with the right answers,” said Jim McGregor, retired Fire Chief , Langley City Fire-Rescue Service and newspaper columnist.