City of White Rock names Wolfe new fire chief

Former deputy chief replaces retiring Phil Lemire at White Rock Fire Rescue

Edward Wolfe has been named the new fire chief of White Rock Fire Rescue. (Contributed photo)

The City of White Rock has a new fire chief.

On Monday, the city announced that Edward Wolfe, currently the deputy chief of White Rock Fire Rescue, will take over as chief starting May 30.

Wolfe will be replacing the city’s longtime Fire Chief Phil Lemire, who is set to retire on May 29. Lemire, who is also the city’s emergency co-ordinator, was originally set to retire in late March, but extended his stay on the job until a replacement was named.

• READ ALSO: White Rock appoints new financial services director

Wolfe joined the White Rock fire-rescue team in 1991 as a career suppression firefighter, according to a news release, and was promoted to captain in 2009 and deputy chief in 2014. He is a member of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of B.C., the Greater Vancouver Fire Chiefs’ Association, the British Columbia Fire Training Officers’ Association and the Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of B.C., the release notes.

“White Rock Fire Rescue is a fire service that effectively safeguards people and property in this city. I am confident that under Ed’s leadership, White Rock Fire Rescue will continue to uphold its high standards for public service and safety,” White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker said.

In the release announcing Wolfe’s hiring, the city also thanked Lemire for his “leadership and dedication” after nearly 40 years on the job.

Wolfe’s promotion is the second high-ranking city job to be filled in recent weeks. Last month, White Rock hired Colleen Ponzini, formerly the City of New Westminster’s director of finance, to replace Sandra Kurylo, who retired as White Rock’s finance director on March 14.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police asking for help to find 11-year-old last seen in Surrey

Shauntae Joseph has been reported missing two other times since October 2019

What June 1 will look like at Surrey schools

High school students following a ‘tutorial model’ where they sign up through a set schedule of times

Surrey addictions officials say pandemic funding is wreaking havoc on those in recovery

Governments’ kindness taking its toll, recovery operators say

Influx of cross-border visitors to Peace Arch Park sparks concern COVID-19 could spike

Police, parks officials say patrols, education and signage have all been increased

Vancouver Island bride held wedding in seniors home so dying stepdad could walk her down aisle

Ceremony held amidst pandemic in order to fulfill bride’s wish to have stepdad give her away

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

We’re asking you to lock arms with us, as we look to better days ahead

$200,000 Maybach impounded after ‘L’ driver caught excessively speeding in Vancouver

Meanwhile, the supervisor sat in the passenger seat, police said

COVID-19 cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a B.C. mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Yukon ready to lift COVID travel restrictions with B.C. in July: premier

Premier Sandy Silver says the territory’s health-care system can cope with the virus.

‘It is dire:’ Study finds B.C. logging continues on critical caribou habitat

The federal Species At Risk Act requires provinces to identify critical habitat for caribou herds

Langley Lodge ordered to swab all residents staff, new cases discovered

Four new cases – two residents and two staff – have been confirmed at the long-term care home

Grieving together, but apart: How funeral homes are handling the pandemic

‘Hugs are so important and right now hugs can’t happen’

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Most Read