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Kelowna Fire Department has a new chief

Travis Whiting is Kelowna's new Fire Chief.
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June 16, 2017 - 2:05 PM

KELOWNA - Travis Whiting will have to remove the deputy from his title, as he is Kelowna’s new Fire Chief.

Whiting beat out candidates from across the country to be hired as the City's new Fire Chief, according to a City of Kelowna media release.

Whiting has served as Deputy Fire Chief for the past two years. The City says during that time he led the Emergency Management and Fire Communications branch of the Kelowna Fire Department.

Amongst his list of accomplishments, Whiting played a key role in the upgrading of fire dispatch services, as well as formalizing the Emergency Operations Immediate Action Team. The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs has recognized Whiting with the Chief Fire Officer designation.

Whiting started his career in the City of Williams Lake, B.C. as a paid on call firefighter and went on to take the position of Captain, the City says. He then became the Cariboo Regional District Emergency Program Coordinator.

Before moving to Kelowna in 2015, Whiting had been the Senior Manager of Protective Services for the Capital Regional District in Victoria since 2007.

Whiting has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in entrepreneurial management from Royal Roads University and is currently completing his local government administration certificate through Capilano University.

When he isn’t working, Whiting enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three son, the release says. He also volunteers with Minor Lacrosse.

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