Vancouver appoints its first-ever female fire department chief

Nov 20 2020, 2:49 pm

Karen Fry has been named the new chief of Vancouver Fire-Rescue Services, the city’s first-ever female fire chief.

Fry is currently Nanaimo’s fire chief, and she’ll begin her new role in Vancouver on January 4, 2021.

“It is an honour to join the team at Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services,” Fry said in a news release.

“Vancouver is a complex city. Public safety is my passion and I am keen to build on the already outstanding efforts of the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services team.”

She’s taking over from current fire chief Darrel Reid, who congratulated her on the new position on Twitter.

“I know you will have the backs of your  VFRS team and serve Vancouver with integrity,” he wrote.

A City of Vancouver spokesperson confirmed Fry is the first woman to hold the position.

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