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Change in Charlie Lake fire guard

Jess Horsfield takes over deputy duties at volunteer fire hall
New deputy fire chief Jess Horsfield with fire chief Ed Albury at the Charlie Lake fire hall.

There’s a new deputy fire chief in Charlie Lake.

Jess Horsfield takes over the duties from outgoing deputy Ron Schildroth, the Peace River Regional District announced on Wednesday.

“Jess brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and education in both fire services and emergency service,” the regional district said in a post to social media.

“The PRRD would like to thank the outgoing Deputy, Ron Schildroth, for his four years of diligent service to the residents of the Peace region and for his tremendously positive impact on the organization.”

The Charlie Lake fire hall is run by the regional district, and staffed by a full-time fire chief and deputy fire chief, and a crew of about 30 volunteer firefighters. 

Horsfield comes to the deputy role with an emergency responder background, starting her career in 2015 with the Sicamous Fire Department. She’s also worked at Site C as an emergency response advisor, and had joined TEAAM Aeromedical last summer as a rescue specialist.

“Once you start one course, it really leads to the next. And it’s just been history from there,” Horsfield told Alaska Highway News in a November 2021 interview after completing her Level 2 firefighter certification. “It really opens a number of other doors, and that could be with the fire hall.”

Schildroth received the Governor General’s Fire Services Exemplary Medal for 20 years of service in 2019.

He began working as a volunteer firefighter in Listowel, Ont., in 1998 before pursuing a full-time career. He came to Charlie Lake in 2018 from North Perth, Ont.

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