On Tuesday, the Bowen Island Municipality announced its decision to hire Ian Thompson as the new chief of the island's volunteer fire department. Former chief Brian Biddlecombe announced plans for his retirement last year.
Thompson says his new position comes as something of a surprise to him.
"I've been working as a volunteer with the Fire Department for eight years now, and for the past four years I've been the Department's training officer. So that has put me in more of a leadership role," says Thompson. "I am very comfortable working in a hands-on capacity, but I look forward to the new challenges that come with this job."