New fire chief announced for North Westside

New fire chief Doug Gardiner
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VERNON - The Regional District of Central Okanagan has named its new fire chief for the North Westside service area.

Effective Sunday, Doug Gardiner, who has been acting as interim chief following the suspension and subsequent resignation of Wayne Carson, will take on the full time management position.

“Over the past few months as Interim Chief, Doug has displayed a combination of excellent performance and management of the paid-on-call department,” regional district fire and inspection services manager Dan Wildeman said in a release.

Doug has 27 years of experience as a professional firefighter and retired as the assistant chief in charge of training for the Saanich Fire Department. He also has experience in marine rescue and has worked during his career with paid-on-call fire departments.

North Westside Fire Rescue is one of four paid-on-call fire departments of the Regional District. It provides fire protection and medical first response to residents living in the communities of Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Fintry Delta, Valley of the Sun and La Casa resort along the north end of Westside Road within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. It also provides medical first response and fire protection services for the Ellison and Joe Rich Fire Service Areas and fire protection for the Wilson’s Landing Fire Protection Area.

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