By Lethbridge Herald on March 19, 2015.
After a nationwide search, The City of Lethbridge has named its new fire chief.
Today, the city announced Richard Hildebrand has been selected as the chief of Fire and Emergency Services.
â€œAfter a broad search, I am pleased that we found the best candidate right here in our midstâ€ said Bary Beck, Community Services director.
Hildebrandâ€™s career started with The City of Lethbridge in 1985 as one of the first paramedic/firefighters. In 2000, he served as a Fire Prevention officer, advancing to the deputy chief in 2002. In 2009, he joined the City Managerâ€™s office to work on a variety of corporate projects which included, leading in the ongoing relationship and contract discussions with the Alberta Health Services ambulance contract and the dispatch integration. These projects supported the retention of the cityâ€™s integrated service delivery model.
â€œI want to congratulate Richard on his appointment and have confidence in his ability to lead our Integrated Fire and Emergency Service into the futureâ€, said Mayor Chris Spearman.
A transition plan is being developed and it is expected that Hilebrand will begin in his new role on April 13, 2015.
â€œI am very excited about the opportunity to work with the team in Fire and Emergency Services,â€ said Hilebrand. â€œThe department is currently in great shape, and I look forward to providing leadership and working with city council and the community to ensure it stays that way. â€