The District of Taylor has hired a new fire chief.
Edward Albury, a captain firefighter with over 23 years experience, is looking forward to taking over the role Feb. 1.
“This is going to be a brand new venture, an exciting venture,” he told the Alaska Highway News Tuesday.
Albury will be leaving Wapose Emergency Services in Fort McMurray, which is one of the largest private providers of fire, medical and occupational health services in the country.
It will be a new experience for him, as he’s only been to the Peace region “a few times.”
“I haven’t spent any significant time in that area by any means, but the community seems very family oriented, something I’d like to be a part of,” he said.
Albury was born and raised in the Bahamas. During high school, his family relocated to Vancouver Island, where they settled in Mill Bay.
As a young adult he joined the Mill Bay Fire Department while also working as a mechanic, and rose in the ranks, advancing his career to become captain and training officer. He received his 20 year medal with that department, according to a District of Taylor press release.
He would later branch off to become an industrial firefighter, which he said can be fun, scary and exciting. He describes it as a rewarding component to his career.
Albury replaces Capt. Bert Eisler, who temporarily served the post for two-and-a-half months after former chief Alan Stebbing was relieved of his duties in the fall. Stebbing had been fire chief for four years.
During the interview process, the district was “very inviting, everybody I met throughout the process was overly nice, which was a good thing. I had a really good feeling coming out of it,” Albury said.
Mayor Rob Fraser said “it’s great to have a new fire chief hired,” but added the district had all its bases covered in the event of emergency.
“We had a good plan in place, and we’ve got a good department. We had a captain step up as an interim chief, so we were covered and we were pretty happy with the coverage that we had, but it’s certainly good to be through the process.”
The district considered 28 applications before deciding that Albury is the right fit for the role.
“He’ll add to all the firefighting in the region actually, I think he’ll be a good fit for everybody,” Fraser said.
Albury’s significant other will be joining him in Taylor. She is currently looking for work in the area.