The Regional District of the Central Okanagan says it’s trying quickly to find a new fire chief for the North Westside Fire Protection District.
Last week, Fire Chief Ron Ewert announced on March 29 that he was resigning — just weeks after the regional district announced his hiring on Feb. 2.
Employed as a firefighter with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service since 1994, Ewert’s first day as North Westside’s fire chief was Feb. 22.
The RDCO said Ewert announced he was resigning at a regular training session.
“He hadn’t yet permanently moved to the community and due to a change in family situation will be leaving the North Westside,” said the RDCO.
Ewert’s hiring came two months after the RDCO announced in early December that Alex Van Bruksvoort was no longer the department’s fire chief.
In turn, Bruksvoort’s hiring came after former fire chief Jason Satterthwaite and lieutenant Robert Gajda were suspended indefinitely in May 2020.
In the meantime, deputy chief Shawn Barnes will be leading the fire department. The regional district says Barnes will be supported by the RDCO’s fire services manager and, if required, mutual aid from the Wilson’s Landing fire dept.
“We want residents of the North Westside Fire Protection District to know that their safety and protection is and always has been the top priority of the RDCO and the North Westside fire department,” said the regional district.