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A familiar face was recently hired to take over as the new chief of the Macdonald Fire Department.
Ken Langlois took over as the rural municipality’s top firefighter on Jan. 25. He succeeds former chief Dwight Seymour who resigned last November to take a similar job in Alberta.
While Langlois is new to the position, he is hardly a newcomer to the fire department. He has worked as a firefighter in Macdonald since 1986 and spent the last four years as deputy fire chief.
Langlois said he is looking forward to his newfound responsibilities.
"(The hiring) was a bit of a longer process than I expected, but when I got the news I was exited about it because it is a new challenge," he said.
Tom Raine, chief administrative officer of Macdonald, said Langlois’s experience made him a natural choice for the post.
"He is a longtime member and deputy chief so council thought it was a natural progression for him," Raine said.
In addition to his work as a firefighter, Langlois also has 10 years of experience with the paramedic service in Macdonald.
"I joined the department because I wanted to be a part of the community and I thought it would be a good start," he said. "I’ve always been interested in emergency services."
Langlois said he doesn’t expect to make any drastic changes to the department or the services it provides. However, he stressed that there is room for improvement in the way the department conducts its business.
"I want to see the department move forward," Langlois said. "Sixty percent of our calls last year were motor vehicle accidents so we are focusing on more training and better equipment in that respect."
The new chief added that Macdonald recently received its new fire rescue unit November and there are a number of new recruits in the department that are being trained to get their Level 1 firefighting certification.
One of the more immediate tasks for Langlois will be hiring a new deputy chief. He expects it will be at least a month before a suitable candidate is in place.