Assistant Chief Chris Aubrey named as new Langford Fire Chief. Photo courtesy of the City of Langford

Assistant Chief Chris Aubrey named as new Langford Fire Chief

Langford Fire Chief Bob Beckett will retire on June 16 after 20 years with the department

With Langford Fire Chief Bob Beckett retiring next month – after 20 years with the department – many have been waiting to hear who will step in to fill those big boots.

The City of Langford announced Wednesday that Assistant Chief Chris Aubrey has been appointed as the new fire chief.

Serving as a volunteer, lieutenant, captain and most recently assistant chief, Aubrey has 17 years of experience with Langford Fire Rescue. During that time he has atteneded a number of significant events, both locally and abroad, including fighting the Happy Valley school fire, the Sheraton Hotel fire, the Evergreen Mall Fire and the Goldstream Park fuel tanker rollover. He was also deployed in the Okanagan for structural fire protection during the height of the 2003 wildfires and helped rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.

Born and raised on the West Shore, Aubrey has helped a great number of West Shore residents.

“Assistant Chief Aubrey brings an excellent work ethic, dedication to the City of Langford, and the ability to lead a team of committed staff and volunteers,” said Mayor Stew Young.

This sentiment was echoed by Coun. Lillian Szpak, chair of the City’s protective services committee. “Chris Aubrey will be an excellent Fire Chief for our community. His great working relationships within the department and in the region, his commitment to Langford Fire Rescue, and his team approach will serve Langford well, both now and into the future.”

Aubrey will assume the role of Fire Chief on June 16. “I am looking forward to building upon the foundation of excellent service and commitment to the community that is the hallmark of Chief Beckett’s career,” Aubrey said. “We have a team of highly skilled individuals who care deeply in what they do … I am fortunate to be surrounded by caring and dedicated people who work hard each and every day to help their neighbours in times of need.”

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