CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C.-Campbell River’s fire chief is calling it a career.

Ian Baikie will be retiring at the end of June. The city made the announcement today.

Baikie started his firefighting career as a volunteer in Campbell River in 1985, going full-time four years later. He was promoted to assistant chief in 1997, deputy chief in 2006 and then took the big chair in 2012.

Baikie says he’s thoroughly enjoyed serving the community in which he was born and raised and plans to continue serving it in various ways in retirement.

City manager Deborah Sargent says Campbell River has “benefitted immensely” from both Baikie’s time as chief and his volunteer efforts with the Rotary Club.

Thomas Doherty, who’s been a deputy chief since 2013, will be taking over as Campbell River’s fire chief.