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Posted: August 2, 2022

Sparwood announces new Fire Chief

The District of Sparwood is pleased to announce the promotion of Deputy Fire Chief Kris Hill into the role of Fire Chief, following the retirement of Chief Dean Spry.

Kris has served the District of Sparwood for over a year and has proven to be a knowledgeable and valuable asset to the community and the team.

Born in Vancouver, Kris knew he had a passion for firefighting since he was a child.  At age 16, he joined the junior program with the North Oyster Volunteer Fire Department in Ladysmith.  He gained experience, progressing in his education and began climbing the ranks at a young age. Kris obtained a Lieutenant position at the age of 22 and was consistently driven to obtain knowledge and skills through the pursuit of many courses and certificates.

“I am honoured to accept this important role,” said Chief Hill. “Becoming a part of the community over the last year has really felt like I have found home in an amazing community. I was welcomed to this town from day one and feel like this is where I belong. I also believe I have developed a good understanding of the needs of the community and have become familiar with working with many people and businesses with positive outcomes. It really is a dream come true to wake up, put on the uniform and the Sparwood patch/badge and serve this community every single day.

“As for the future of the fire department, I see this dedicated team to continue with community events to support residents as well as focus on education and prevention measures to ensure public safety remains our top priority,” he said.

“Mayor and council are very excited to have Kris accept the role of Fire Chief, said Sparwood Mayor David Wilks. “He has become an integral part of the team, worked diligently to foster public education, and of course supported the team in providing the community with critical emergency services. We have no doubt he will continue to lead and guide the team for many years to come.”

Kris officially stepped into his new role as Chief on August 1, and the district will immediately begin recruitment to fill the Deputy Chief role.

Mayor, council and staff at the District of Sparwood sincerely thank former Chief Dean Spry for his service to the community and wish him all the best as he enjoys retirement.

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District of Sparwood

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