The District of Sparwood is welcoming a new fire chief into the role.
Following the retirement of Chief Dean Spry, Deputy Fire Chief, Kris Hill was promoted to fill the vacancy.
District of Sparwood officials said Hill has proven to be a knowledgeable and valuable asset to the team.
“At age 16, he joined the junior program with the North Oyster Volunteer Fire Department in Ladysmith, B.C.,” said Sparwood officials. “Kris obtained a Lieutenant position at the age of 22 and was consistently driven to obtain knowledge and skills through the pursuit of many courses and certificates.”
Staff said Hill had a passion for firefighting since he was a child, gaining a wealth of experience by his early 20s.
“I am honoured to accept this important role,” said Deputy Chief Hill. “Becoming a part of the community over the last year has really felt like I have found home in an amazing community. I was welcomed to this town from day one and feel like this is where I belong.
“I also believe I have developed a good understanding of the needs of the community and have become familiar with working with many people and businesses with positive outcomes,” said Hill. “As for the future of the Fire Department, I see this dedicated team to continue with community events to support residents as well as focus on education and prevention measures to ensure public safety remains our top priority.”
Mayor David Wilks said he and the rest of district council are excited to have Hill as the new chief.
“He has become an integral part of the team, worked diligently to foster public education, and of course supported the team in providing the community with critical emergency services,” said Wilks. “We have no doubt he will continue to lead and guide the team for many years to come.”
Hill officially stepped in as the new Chief on August 1st, and Sparwood officials said recruitment has already begun to fill the role of Deputy Chief.
“Mayor, Council and staff at the District of Sparwood sincerely thank former Chief Dean Spry for his service to the community and wish him all the best as he enjoys retirement,” said Sparwood officials.