Aqua Marine has been in business since 1996 and started out cleaning the heavy
duty equipment which was working on building the Vancouver Island inland
highway. In 1998 we got a call from a restaurant asking if we could clean their
kitchen exhaust system and about this time the highway project was being
completed. So I told this restaurant owner that I would have a look at it and see
if we could do it. After looking at it and doing research on this type of work we
decided to have a go at it. It was a challenge at the time. There were a lot of
restaurants in the Comox Valley so I decided to go and talk with the owners about
their exhaust systems.
We started with a few and then in 1999 the regulations came into effect that
commercial kitchens must have their exhaust systems cleaned at least once a year
In 2002, myself and my employees proceeded to study and get our certification as
Registered Fire Protection Technicians at the Applied Science Technologists &
Technicians of British Columbia. (ASTTBC) We were then fully certified in the
proper methods of cleaning commercial kitchen exhaust systems.
Over the next 6 years we went from a few commercial kitchens to many clients
who now required this service. We travel to various Island communities from
Nanaimo north to Port Hardy, over to Powell River, and including many remote
towns and islands.