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Edward Albury named new Charlie Lake fire chief

Taylor Fire Chief Edward Albury is taking the helm at the Charlie Lake fire hall. Albury starts his new job as fire chief for the department on Sept. 24, the Peace River Regional District announced Thursday.
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Taylor Fire Chief Ed Albury.

Taylor Fire Chief Edward Albury is taking the helm at the Charlie Lake fire hall.

Albury starts his new job as fire chief for the department on Sept. 24, the Peace River Regional District announced Thursday.

"I'm pleased to be joining the crew at Charlie Lake," Albury said.

"It was a pleasure working with Taylor, working with the staff and firefighters. It was an extremely hard decision, and I look forward to an exciting new start."

Before coming to the Peace Region in 2016, Albury was an industrial firefighter in Fort McMurray. He has more than 27 year of firefighting experience in B.C. and Alberta.

Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser said Albury will be replaced, and council is debating its options.

Patrick McPhillips has been serving as interim fire chief in Charlie Lake, after Dale Widsten left to take the district fire chief position to the Country of Grande Prairie earlier this summer.

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

This is a developing story. More to come.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.