Dan Golob joined the fire service eleven years ago which sparked a desire that has grown into a passion, and that passion has brought him here. After spending 37 years on Vancouver Island, Golob heard about the job in Tumbler Ridge and saw this as an excellent career opportunity. He stepped down as the Qualicum Beach Fire Chief, which was a parttime position, packed his bags and headed north to pursue a full time fire chief position in Tumbler Ridge.
Dan?s background as a journeyman carpenter and his work with the town of Qualicum Beach, has given him the skills for Bylaw Enforcement, which is the other portion of this job. He looks at bylaw enforcement as an education process. ?You have to be open-minded, have good communication with people and be an educator rather than an enforcer,? says Golob. ?This job will be a new experience for me, and I?m looking forward to getting to know the people?.
Dan?s wife Sherri and his children Danielle, Bianca and Eric will be arriving next week. When asked if they are worried about the cold weather this winter, Golob replied, ?We are looking forward to having four distinct seasons. Christmas on the Island was generally wet; we are excited about having a white Christmas.? Golob is also excited about the opportunities he sees in the community. ?I am very community oriented; I coached hockey, soccer and lacrosse. My daughters are both competitive highland dancers, my son is involved in many sports. This is the opportunity of a lifetime. My family and I look at it as an adventure and a great opportunity to experience the North.?
Golob is taking over from Fire Chief Shorty Smith who left earlier this spring to pursue a job opportunity in Dawson Creek. ?This is one of the most dedicated and professional volunteer firefighter organizations I have come across in my career,? comments Golob. ?There are currently 12 trained firefighters and we are looking for new volunteers to join our ranks. So, come on down and pick up an application?