City fire dept gets new deputy

Current Thornhill Volunteer Fire Department Chief Wes Patterson will start at the PAFD on July 1.

Current Thornhill Volunteer Fire Department Chief Wes Patterson will be the Port Alberni Fire Department’s new deputy fire chief, Mayor Mike Ruttan announced at city council on May 25.

Patterson will replace former deputy Chief Chris Jancowski who left Port Alberni to take the top job at the Esquimalt fire department at the end of March.

“Chief Patterson brings 32 years of emergency service experience, five as deputy chief and the last 10 as fire chief,” Ruttan said.

Patterson will start at the PAFD on July 1.