Sparwood Fire Services welcomes new Deputy Chief
Kris, born in Vancouver, 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 obtaining a Lieutenant position at the age of 22.
Kris has a keen desire to share his love of Fire Services with the public, through delivering fire prevention and education through community engagement events.
“I have always been a major ambassador for fire safety, continuously learning and increasing my knowledge in prevention and education. I enjoy spending extra time ensuring the communities needs are met and residents are safe. I train businesses in the use of fire extinguishers, install smoke alarms for the elderly and vulnerable, and try to make the community safer every day,” Kris explained.
Along with his background in municipal fire services, Kris has experience as a first responder, fire services instructor, a paramedic, a wildfire and industrial firefighter, and supplemented that experience with significant training in emergency management.
Sparwood Mayor David Wilks is impressed to see how well the values Kris holds align with that of the district. “Our Sparwood Fire Department is made up of men and women who are skilled and dedicated to firefighting and serving the community. It is clear that Kris will become an integral part of Sparwood and the Fire Services Team. We are thrilled to employ his expertise in public education and fire prevention to continue to inform residents and youth about fire safety.”
Kris looks forward to immersing himself and his family in the community and enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer. He welcomes and encourages residents to say hello, and ask questions as they see him out and about.
District of Sparwood