North Westside Fire Department looking for new chief, again – Vernon News –

Saturday December 11 2021

In answer to the many questions and concerns from residents over the issues the fire department are currently dealing with here is the RDCO position from CAO Reardon.

  • Last Thursday we received a letter of resignation from the North Westside Fire Chief.
  • “We want to assure all residents of the North Westside Fire Protection District that their safety and protection is and always has been the top priority of the RDCO and the North Westside Fire Department.
  • Paid-on-call members of the department are RDCO employees and remain dedicated to continuing their high level of training and are ready to answer any calls for fire or first medical response needs in their communities.
  • By mutual agreement, Alex Van Bruksvoort is no longer leading the North Westside Fire Rescue department.  The RDCO thanks him for his work with the department as chief since June.
  • Senior captain Nic Cantryn is acting chief until the process for determining a new chief is complete.  He’s supported by officers of the department and the RDCO fire services manager.
  • We can’t speak to any specifics as we’ve indicated in the past this is a human resource matter and is subject to privacy for the individual.  This is always the case in personnel matters.”
  • As always, we don’t speak publicly about personnel matters. We have retained the services of an independent subject matter expert who will review the situation and make recommendations to RDCO management on a go forward basis.

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