Mike Siemens, of Oak Bluff, will become the RM of Macdonald’s new fire chief on Jan. 1, 2014.
Siemens is replacing retiring chief Ken Langlois, who served three years as chief and a total of 28 years as a volunteer firefighter.
Siemens has an impressive track record of 30 years working with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. Head of the municipal emergency services committee and councillor Bob Morse said Siemens’ experience and training, plus his local residency, made him the best candidate for the part-time job.
"He’s got lots of experience in leadership," Morse said.
Siemens, who’s well-known locally for his volunteer work as a sports coach and recreation club and Macdonald Hockey Association member, said he’s pleased to take the job.
"I’m looking forward to working with the local paramedic brothers and sisters and also the local RCMP," he said.
"My priorities will be to continue training my present members, enabling them with the skills and decision-making abilities to safely work at an emergency incident," he said. "I would also like to recruit more volunteers in certain communities to try and attain the staffing levels set out by the municipality."
If the current trend continues and the number of emergency calls within Macdonald keeps increasing, Siemens will certainly keep busy, but he says he’s ready.
"I’ve got my family’s support," he said.