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Kamloops fire chief retiring at end of year

November 28, 2016 - 4:45 PM

KAMLOOPS - Kamloops will be looking for a new fire chief in the new year.

Kamloops Fire Rescue Chief Dale McLean has let the city and his staff know that he’ll be retiring at the end of the year.

“It’s time to look after some other issues that have come up in my life,” he says. “I’ll be returning back to Edmonton relatively soon after I retire here.”

McLean was hired in October 2013 after 34 years with Edmonton Fire Rescue where he rose to the rank of deputy chief.

He’s decided to leave for family reasons and plans to move back to Edmonton to help take care of his aging parents.

Now 60, he says he plans to retire fully from fire fighting services, though he may pursue consulting opportunities.

While he is leaving Kamloops, he says it has nothing to do with the city or its people.

“It’s been a great experience; the firefighters here are just a phenomenal group,” he says. “The City of Kamloops has been an awesome employer. It’s awesome here.”

His last day is yet to be set, but his retirement will take effect Dec. 31, 2016. Before McLean's gone, he’s hoping to finish negotiations with the firefighters union for another collective agreement and finish a five-year strategic plan. Both are going well he says.

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