Patrick McPhillips in the interim fire chief of the Charlie Lake Fire Department.
McPhillips comes with a 35-year career with Coquitlam Fire/Rescue, according to the Peace River Regional District. In Coquitlam, he served as a professional firefighter, chief training officer and assistant chief of operations.
McPhillips will fill the gap left by Dale Widsten, whose last week with the department is this week before he leaves for the district fire chief job in the County of Grande Prairie.
McPhillips will oversee the fire hall's daily operations until a new fire chief and deputy chief are in place, the regional district says.