Friday, November 18, 2016

Administrative structure in transition at Vernon fire hall

by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star Vernon posted Nov 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM— updated Nov 18, 2016 at 4:03 PM
There are significant changes happening behind the scenes at the Vernon fire hall. As of Wednesday, David Lind, a former deputy fire chief in Cranbrook and Medicine Hat, will take on duties as interim chief as fire chief Keith Green has been on leave since the end of September. On top of this, long-time deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood has left his position. “It will take a little while to settle down the management team,” said Will Pearce, the city’s chief administrative officer. It’s not known when Green will return, but once he does, Lind will shift to become a deputy fire chief, joining existing deputy Jack Blair. Skolrood had been with the fire department for about 18 years. “He’s moving on with his career. It was wholly Lawrie’s decision,” said Pearce. These changes occur at the same time as administration assistants are shifting at the fire hall, and the deputy emergency manager moving in the new year for personal reasons. Pearce insists residents should not be concerned about operations at the fire hall. “Our firefighters on the floor are professional and well trained,” he said. “We have a solid, first class fire department. The day-to-day fire service and the safety of the community have not changed.” That is a message reinforced by the Vernon Professional Firefighters Association. “There is no service interruption and residents will be provided with the same quality service they always receive,” said Brent Bond, union president. Neither Green or Skolrood could be reached for comment.
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