New fire chief hired for Barriere Volunteer Fire Department

Kent Readman has been hired as the new Fire Chief for the Barriere Volunteer Fire Department, and was introduced at the first council meeting of 2018 last Monday where he was welcomed to the community.

It was reported that Council, the CA0 and the Interim Fire Chief had met with two prospective candidates regarding the position of Fire Chief on Dec. 11, 2017. Both came with extensive fire training backgrounds and were from volunteer departments similar to Barriere.

Readman (pronounced ‘Redman’) was the successful candidate, and brings with him 17 years of experience with volunteer fire departments. He has worked as an instructor for both the Ontario Fire College and a private fire training facility in Alberta where he developed training programs and lesson plans for individuals. He has also instructed courses throughout Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Albania.

“Mr. Readman has now relocated to Barriere and will be joined by the rest of his young family in mid-February,” noted District of Barriere CAO Colleen Hannigan.

“While he is here on his own, he will be residing in the suite at the Solar Aquatics building in exchange for some finishing work at that location,” commented Hannigan.

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