Fire Chief Resigns

Monday, April 5 was a busy day for town council. Not only did they have to figure out to do with the extra money being given to the town by the provincial government as part of the Fair Share Program (see cover story), they also had to deal with the resignation of one of the town?s key employees.

Shorty Smith, who has been Fire Chief for six years, handed in his resignation at Monday night?s council meeting. The reason? He?s got a new job as Fire Chief in Dawson Creek.

The start date for Dawson has not been finalized (?sometime in May,? says Shorty), and neither has his last day in Tumbler, but, says Shorty, ?I?m looking forward to the challenge in Dawson.?

Shorty is not just the town?s Fire Chief, he?s also the Bylaw Enforcement Officer, and Emergency Planner.

This is not the first time Tumbler Ridge has lost a Fire Chief to the allure of the big city; his successor, Bryan Collier, moved to Fort St. John to take a job as Deputy Fire Chief.