Russell appoints permanent fire chief

Par Raymond Berthiaume
Russell appoints permanent fire chief
new fire chief

After being names temporary fire chief earlier this year, Brian McBain was named permanent full-time Fire and Rescue Services Chief at the regular meeting on January 30. According to Russell Township Council, McBain will begin his full-time duties on April 1.

McBain began volunteering at the Embrun Fire Station in 2019, although his firefighting career spans many communities across Canada. He has extensive experience in fire safety, education, and training, and his primary duties will be to identify the Fire Department’s needs, standardize procedures, address inefficiencies, and lead both Embrun and Russell Stations.

“I am honored and excited to begin serving our community in my new role within the Township of Russell. I look forward to continuing to work with our dedicated team of firefighters as we continue to grow and provide the best service we can to the residents of the Township,” said McBain.

“Council welcomes Chief McBain into the role,” said Mayor Pierre Leroux. “His experience and leadership will continue to build on the already strong foundation created by his predecessor, and he will be instrumental in the next stage of our fire services evolution.”

Former Chief Bruce Armstrong, who retired at the end of 2022, also voiced his support for McBain’s appointment. “I am confident that Brian McBain will have a positive impact on the Russell Township Fire and Rescue Services, along with having the inspiring leadership skills to lead the Fire Department in the future,” said Armstrong.

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