The IAFF is saddened to report the loss of former IAFF 6th District Vice President Eric Simmons. He was 99.
“Brother Simmons was known throughout his life for his dedication to serving his country and his community,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “Our deepest condolences go to his family and friends.”
After first serving his country in World War II, Simmons continued to serve by joining the Victoria Fire Department in 1946 and quickly became a member of Victoria Local 730.
From the beginning, Simmons took on an active role in the union, eventually serving in elected positions including secretary-treasurer and president. As a union leader, he was a strong advocate for fire fighter safety and improved working conditions.
Simmons was elected to his final union position as 6th District Vice President in 1962, a position he held for three years before being promoted out of the union.
In 1964, he was promoted to deputy chief and then chief in 1965. As chief, he focused on developing and maintaining fire prevention programs and fire fighter training opportunities.
“Our Local 730 members are safer on the job today because of his great work as a union and fire department leader,” says 6th District Vice President Mike Carter. “Brother Simmons will be missed, but not forgotten.”
After he retired from the fire department in 1980, Simmons continued to serve his community as a city councillor.
Because of his dedication to the community, the Eric Simmons Community Service Award was established in 2017. The award is given annually to a Victoria Local 730 member who has demonstrated outstanding service in the community.
Simmons is predeceased by his wife, Anne. He is survived by his son, Norm, and two grandchildren.