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Former chief Reid Douglas wants old job back

Former Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Chief Reid Douglas

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Former Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Chief Reid Douglas

Former Winnipeg fire-paramedic chief Reid Douglas wouldn’t mind having his old job back – and his lawyers are talking to the City of Winnipeg.

Douglas, who was dismissed in September, appeared before city council this morning to accept responsibility for his role in the fire-paramedic station replacement program, which a scathing external audit described as severely mismanaged.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Douglas said he agreed he did not have the expertise or resources to oversee the construction of four new fire-paramedic stations. He said he relied on the expertise of other city administrators.

He also said he wouldn’t mind his job back. He confirmed he was dimissed for a "human-resources" reason following a survey of about 20 employees in the head office of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

He would not say what that reason was – and city officials have declined to say as well.

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