Local firefighter takes chief’s role
Local firefighter takes chief’s role - WEST NIPISSING – After a 32 year stint, West Nipissing will be looking to a new Fire Chief to serve their Protective Services.

“I have big shoes to fill,” said the new Fire Chief, Richard Maranda.  Maranda was born and raised in West Nipissing.

He became a member of the West Nipissing Fire Services in 1988.

“I was hired as a volunteer in 1988,” said Maranda. “I became a spare in 1991 and the training officer in 1999, when the amalgamation happened.”

Since then, Maranda has held the title of Fire Prevention Officer, and Public Fire and Safety Educator.

“I have worked hard throughout the years for the Fire Service, and this is an honour that I didn’t think I’d receive. It’s a fine reward that they selected me for the job, and I’d like to thank the mayor and council for selecting  me and putting confidence in a local person.” said Maranda.

The Municipality received many responses from across Ontario as well as from Quebec to replace retiring fire chief Richard Savage whose 32 year run in the post ended on Dec. 31.

West Nipissing staff report that Maranda’s candidacy stood out by demonstrating the experience, knowledge and skills necessary for the position as well as a keen appreciation for what it takes to manage a composite service covering a vast geographic area.

“I realize I have big shoes to fill,” he said. “The current chief dedicated half of his life to the fire service, to replace such a great leader and person is going to be difficult. I will work as hard as I can, and I’m sure with the support of fire fighters I’ll be able to deliver the professionalism and dedication that the residents of West Nipissing need and expect.”

“It was a learning experience from 88 to today, and Mr. Savage was there for me. If ever I had a question, he would explain the answer. He was a great mentor. He gave me every opportunity to learn, and to get the experience that he thought I would require. ”

The West Nipissing Fire Service protects the sixth largest municipality in Ontario, geographically, with nine fire stations, six full-time staff and more than 130 volunteers.

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