City appoints new fire chief

The city has appointed a new fire chief for Nanaimo Fire Rescue.

Craig Richardson, currently serving as deputy chief of operations, will officially take over the top job at Nanaimo Fire Rescue Feb. 17.

Richardson started his firefighting career with Surrey Fire Department in 1990 and joined Nanaimo Fire Rescue as assistant chief in 2005.

Richardson holds a master’s degree in leadership and training from Royal Roads University and, in addition to his firefighting experience, is an instructor for fire and emergency response in municipal and industrial fire departments throughout Canada and internationally.

The city has eliminated the deputy chief of operations position vacated by Richardson, whose former duties will be reallocated within Nanaimo Fire Rescue.

Richardson takes over from Ron Lambert, who officially retires on Feb. 14.

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