After a six month search, the city of Regina has found its next Fire Chief.
Layne Jackson was introduced by City Manager Chris Holden on Tuesday at City Hall.
Jackson, who grew up in the Ogema area spent the last six months as the department’s interim Chief, and was also Deputy Chief before that.
He said while it will take some time to establish his goals, he does have some immediate priorities moving forward.
“There are two things which are big priorities for me, the staff and personnel that work for fire and protective services and then the community is also a number one priority, so those will be two of the touchstones that I’ll be using,” Jackson told reporters on Tuesday.
Jackson added it is a reassurance coming into the position already being very familiar with the department.
“It does give me some comfort in that regard, I also had the fortunate opportunity to serve in many different capacities within the department, so I have a good understanding of all the programs and services that we deliver,” Jackson said.
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Jackson has 20-years of experience in fire and protection services, he mentioned it was during his teenage years when a career as a firefighter really became an interest of his.
Both Mayor Michael Fougere and City Manager Chris Holden mentioned the positive reinforcement being able to hire internally has on the department.
The search saw applicants from all across Canada, two people were interviewed internally, including Jackson.
Regina is also one of only seven Canadian cities to have international accreditation for it’s fire department, that was renewed earlier this summer.