A new interim Fire Chief has been named by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to serve residents in the North Westside Fire Protection District.
Effective August 2, 2013, Doug Gardiner will, on a temporary basis, take over the chief’s duties for the paid on-call department serving the communities of Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Fintry Delta, Valley of the Sun and La Casa Resort.
This interim appointment is needed to provide coverage during a leave of absence that was requested by and approved for Chief Wayne Carson.
Gardiner is a retired Assistant Chief Training Officer having served 27 years with the Saanich Fire Department.
He has extensive credentials as a professional firefighter, is experienced with Marine Rescue and has worked during his lengthy career with paid-on-call fire departments.
“We want all residents of the fire district to know that the safety and needs of their community are paramount," says Regional District Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman.
"Dedicated members of North Westside Fire Rescue continue to assist their neighbours by answering calls for medical first response and fire emergencies.”
Wildeman adds, “This temporary placement will ensure going into this potentially busy summer fire season that an experienced professional is in place to provide the leadership, training and mentoring for those dedicated paid-on-call fire department members who are committed to serving their community.”
Senior officers with the department suggested that a retired professional fire chief be considered for this temporary role to ensure community safety and management of the fire department.
No reason was given for Carson's request for a leave of absence.