Region hires two new fire chiefs

New fire chiefs come with experience and ties to community.

The region’s two new fire chiefs come with experience and deep ties to their respective communities.

It was announced Thursday that Rob Oliver will take the helm of the Okanagan Falls department while Patrick Lantz will head up the Willowbrook fire department.

Oliver replaces longstanding Okanagan Falls fire chief Bob Haddow who served as chief for 50 years.

“Mr. Oliver is a dedicated Fire Officer who is passionate about helping people and has a strong history of community safety involvement. We wish Mr. Oliver success in his new role as Fire Chief with the OKFD,” said Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Chair, Karla Kozakevich.

Oliver has served as an active member of the Okanagan Falls fire department for 35 years. He’s held the position of firefighter, training captain and deputy fire chief.

Willowbrook’s new chief is no stranger to the fire hall either. Lantz has been an active member of the Willowbrook Fire Department for the last 12 years. During that time he’s served as truck captain, training captain and deputy fire chief.

Lantz replaces Brad Fossett who served as chief in Willowbrook for the past five years.

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