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Charlie Lake needs a new fire chief—again

Terry Truchan resigned March 11; hall going on fifth chief since April 2012

The Charlie Lake Fire Department is looking for a new fire chief.

The Peace River Regional District confirmed Chief Terry Truchan submitted his resignation March 11.

Truchan started at the volunteer fire department in January 2014, however, PRRD CAO Chris Cvik said he stepped down due to a personal matter.

Deputy Fire Chief Dale Widsten will serve as acting chief, Cvik said.

The department has seen a steady turnover of chiefs in recent years, but Cvik would not speak to the frequency, saying he does not know the history.

“No, I don’t (know the history), I know that it used to be run by a society, and I don’t know when we took it over. I can’t speak to that,” he said.

According to the Alaska Highway News archives, the PRRD took over control of the department in April 2012. The district hired Steven Munshaw to lead the department that May. Munshaw replaced former chief Al Pinkerton, but Munshaw would leave his post for another job less than four months afterwards.

Stuart Larson then took over the helm, but left his post as chief in 2013, after a little over a year in the position.

According to a job posting on, the PRRD has set an April 1 deadline for applications.

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