FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 29, 2016
DISTRICT OF SOOKE ANNOUNCES INTERIM FIRE CHIEF
The District of Sooke is happy to announce the appointment of Russ Cameron as Interim Fire Chief for the District of Sooke. The Interim Fire Chief appointment is for a three-month period and will begin August 8, 2016.
Russ Cameron began firefighting at the age of 18 as a volunteer firefighter in Colwood. He continued as a volunteer in Colwood, while working as a crash and fire rescue specialist for the Ministry of Transportation at the Victoria Airport. He next took a career position with Colwood Fire Rescue, eventually advancing and serving as Colwood’s longest serving Fire Chief (almost 25 years). While holding the position of Fire Chief in Colwood, Russ became well known locally and across the province for his leadership, his commitment to the career staff and volunteers under his command, and his diligent efforts to advance community fire and safety awareness.
Chief Administrative Officer, Teresa Sullivan commented, “change is a normal and natural part of any organization, and after the well-deserved retirement of our previous long-term Fire Chief, it was important to have someone with considerable experience to guide the fire department during this transition. The District is very fortunate that such a knowledgeable and highly respected person in the industry, such as Russ, was available. His demonstrated success as a Fire Chief in a composite fire department speaks for itself, and he will be invaluable in stabilizing the fire department in the interim and assisting with the hiring process for a new Fire Chief.”
Chief Administrative Officer
District of Sooke
Tel: (250) 642-1634