Deputy fire chief starts

There’s a new face at the Vernon fire hall.

Scott Hemstad has taken up duties as the department’s deputy fire chief.

“There’s a fantastic team of people here,” said Hemstad of his first impressions of the department.

Hemstad, who will be responsible for prevention, training and logistics, has served as a firefighter, rescue technician, paramedic and training officer.

He was most recently deputy chief in Stony Plain, Alta. and he led a team of firefighters in the early stages of the Fort McMurray wildfire.

“He’s reliable and honest and he will be an incredible fit for Vernon Fire Rescue,” said interim chief David Lind, who has previously worked with Hemstad.

Deputy fire chiefs Lawrie Skolrood and Jack Blair retired earlier this year and fire chief Keith Green remains on leave.

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