There’s a full administrative roster at the Vernon Fire Department once again.
The city has hired Jack Blair as the new deputy fire chief of operations.
“I look forward to working with a fine group of dedicated individuals and to another opportunity to do what I love the most,” said Blair, who has 33 years of experience with fire rescue services.
The fire hall has been administered by a fire chief and one deputy chief since the second chief retired about a year ago. City council didn’t decide until this summer to add a second chief to the budget.
Blair will officially take up his new duties Nov. 7.
Blair’s career began in Vancouver and his positions there included fire investigator and training officer. He was a member of the hazardous materials team which was responsible for training in terrorism, chemical, biological and nuclear risks.
In 2005, Blair was hired as fire services co-ordinator for the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District and he currently continues in that position.
Blair has provided extensive hazardous material, recruit and fire officer training programs through the Justice Institute and has provided training to North Okanagan firefighters.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Jack’s proven track record available to help us achieve our organizational goals,” said Keith Green, Vernon’s fire chief.
“Jack has extensive experience helping both our career and volunteer firefighters with training and this appointment solidifies our commitment to continuing that relationship.”