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Campbell River welcomes new fire chief

A new fire chief is returning to his island roots leading the City of Campbell River’s fire department.

Fire chief Dan Verdun began his career in 1995 as a volunteer firefighter in Union Bay, eventually becoming chief and overseeing the implementation of the first responders program among other projects.

Verdun will return to Campbell River from Alberta, where he worked for the County of Grand Prairie Regional Fire Service.

While working there, he was the deputy chief of training and rural operations and the fire chief later on.

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Verdun would also be responsible for the county’s first regional training facility and oversaw 80 International Association of Fire Fighters members, two career fire stations, five paid responder stations, and two volunteer stations.

Coming to Campbell River, he now oversees the city’s fire prevention, suppression, 911 dispatch and emergency management protocols.

Verdun thanks the city for the opportunity to come and serve in the community.

“The City Fire Department is full of highly dedicated and engaged professionals who I am proud to have the opportunity to work with in my new role as fire chief,” said Verdun.

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“Campbell River is an incredible, friendly place, and I look forward to serving the community and enhancing the fire department with my experience and skills.”

Director of community safety Peter Wipper says the city is fortunate to have Verdun and his 27 years of experience.

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