Sheldon Tennant is Sparwood’s new Deputy Fire Chief. Tennant has spent 18 years with the department, and was born and raised in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sheldon Tennant is Sparwood’s new Deputy Fire Chief. Tennant has spent 18 years with the department, and was born and raised in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood appoints new Deputy Fire Chief

Sheldon Tennant will step into the role after 18 years with the Fire Department

Sheldon Tennant has been appointed as the new Deputy Fire Chief of the Sparwood Fire Department.

Born and raised in Sparwood, Tennant has been with the department for over 18 years, having risen to the rank of Captain prior to this appointment.

“In this role, my main passion will be to ensure that we are prepared to handle any job we are tasked to do,” said Tennant.

“When we are called out, the people we meet are usually having a bad day, so we owe it to them to be at our best. What excites me is having the opportunity to be part of the development of the next generation of officers in the department. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with the job, and I am proud to serve the community of Sparwood.”

Tennant brings to the position experience through his role in the mining industry, and as President of the East Kootenay Mines Industrial Safety Association.

Tennant steps into the role following former Deputy Fire Chief Kris Hill’s appointment as Chief in August this year.

Sparwood Mayor David Wilks said Tennant had proven himself to be a dedicated, respected, and knowledgeable firefighter.

“We are confident with his strong leadership skills, diverse experience, and acute knowledge of the community he will continue to elevate the team and support the exemplary service the department is known for providing.”

The Sparwood Fire Department is a majority volunteer force, with two full-time positions in Chief and Deputy Chief. The department is responsible for fire rescue in the District of Sparwood, to the Alberta border (east), to Line Creek (north), to the Olsen Overpass (south).

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