Council amended a bylaw last Monday to allow the Merrickville Fire Department to hire a Deputy Fire Chief. CAO John Regan says this is not a new position, as a deputy chief has historically been a position within the department. “I’m not sure why the position was dissolved,” he says.
Having a deputy chief will allow for smoother operations and will ensure there is always a second in command, which is important if the fire chief is unavailable. Fire Chief Bob Foster will be charged with choosing the deputy fire chief and John believes it will probably be an appointment from within.
Although there will be some financial costs to the position, John said it shouldn’t have any impact on the budget. “It’s a small cost to pay to continue to have a top notch fire department.”