Brian Wilson feels Moose Jaw is a good place for him and his family.
“I’ve always liked Moose Jaw. I’ve been to Moose Jaw a couple of times in my tenure in North Battleford and so I’ve grown a liking for the city,” said Wilson. “I think it is a really nice city and a good fit for myself and I’ve got two young boys. So obviously it’s a nice fit for them as well.”
This week Wilson, who has 15 years of experience in the fire service, was appointed the new deputy fire chief in Moose Jaw. Rod Montgomery, now the fire chief, left the deputy chief position vacant as of Aug. 15.
Wilson will start his position on Oct. 1.
“I’m very humbled. It’s a great opportunity for myself and my family and I’m looking forward to working with Chief Montgomery and the rest of the Moose Jaw team to deliver fire services within the city of Moose Jaw,” said Wilson. “Certainly my involvement with Chief Montgomery on a couple of projects over the last couple of years has led me to have a very strong (and) respectful relationship of Rod’s capabilities. So I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with Rod.”
Wilson has been working as the deputy fire chief, operations and training with the North Battleford fire department since 2011. He has spent six years in senior positions. With a certification in fire service leadership through Dalhousie University, Wilson is currently completing his fire service administration certification.
Also he was recently appointed the international director for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He has been active in several organizations such as the North Battleford Rotary Club, the leader of the disaster response team for Humanity First Canada and previously as a volunteer ski patroller.
“I certainly think that my years of experience will bring in some different views and I know Moose Jaw traditionally has looked internally for the promotional pieces within the department. So I’m very humbled and flattered at the opportunity to come in as an external applicant into the position,” said Wilson.
“Having the years of experience that I have in the fire service brings some different perspective and some different ideas and we can certainly explore whether or not those would be good additions into Moose Jaw and evaluate them on a case-by-case basis.”
Montgomery said the process to find a deputy fire chief was “not something you take lightly.” He said the department interviewed a few applicants after narrowing down the applications.
“There were certainly people within the city that we considered, but Brian was a really good fit for us at this time,” said Montgomery. “His experience certainly shone through in the interview process and we’re very excited to have him here.”
He said Wilson has a “proven background in fire administration” as well as experience as deputy fire chief.
“We’re real excited to have Brian coming to work with us in the city of Moose Jaw,” said Montgomery. “He’s a very energetic person (and) knowledgeable.”
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