Port Alberni hires new fire chief

City of Langley deputy fire Chief Kelly Gilday will take over the PAFD helm on Nov. 28

Kelly Gilday

The City of Port Alberni has hired a new fire chief. Kelly Gilday, currently deputy chief with the City of Langley, will take over as fire chief for the Port Alberni Fire Department (PAFD) on Nov. 28.

Gilday has served for 21 years in fire service leadership and emergency planning and has experience working in various municipalities, including the cities of Langley, Grande Prairie and Prince George. He has served as deputy fire commissioner for the Province of BC, and has been a sessional instructor with the Justice Institute of BC—Fire Safety Division for the past 15 years.

“We are very excited to welcome Chief Gilday to our organization and community,” said Port Alberni CAO Tim Pley. “With his skills and experience, I know he will make a significant contribution to our city by bringing his unique vision and expertise in continuing to deliver high-quality emergency response services to the citizens of Port Alberni.”

The fire chief’s position became available in July when Pley was formally hired as the city’s chief administrative officer. He had been the acting CAO since January while still maintaining his duties as fire chief.

Gilday’s post-secondary education, according to a city press release, includes a diploma in Fire Service Leadership, Fire Officer Level IV, ICS Level 400, and certificates in Business Management and Emergency Management. He has also received the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

Gilday comes from Langley City Fire Rescue Service, a paid fire department.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be selected as the new fire chief for the City of Port Alberni,” Gilday said in a press release.

“My wife and I have spent a great deal of time in and around Port Alberni over the last five years and are excited to join the community on a permanent basis.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Port Alberni will have a salmon derby on Labour Day after all

Alberni Valley Tyee Club reveals ‘socially distanced’ derby only for Labour Day 2020

NIC practical nursing students hone skills on pandemic’s front line

‘It also has become clear that this is my thing,’ – NIC practical nursing student Breanna Patterson

Fisherman snags barracuda off Vancouver Island in rare encounter

Ferocious fish, not native to Canada, was netted and released in Alberni Inlet

Vancouver Island family loses everything after house fire next door

Friends of Paula and Clifford Lucas are raising funds to help the young family

North Island College announces 2020 graduation award winners

North Island College has announced the award recipients for the 2020 Graduation… Continue reading

B.C. records 62 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths since Friday

Province has just over 200 active cases

Hotel rooms for B.C. homeless too hasty, NDP government told

Businesses forced out, but crime goes down, minister says

Suspicious fire quenched before reaching gunpowder in Nanaimo’s historic Bastion

Probe underway in basement blaze that erupted near where powder stored to fire signature cannons

Duncan model makes quarter finals in ‘Maxim’ magazine contest

Brandee Peart among top one per cent left in competition

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

B.C. government prepares for COVID-19 economic recovery efforts

New measures after July consultation, Carole James says

Tree planters get help with COVID-19 protective measures

Ottawa funds extra transportation, sanitizing for crews

Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from WE decision

He says his and his family’s longtime involvement with the WE organization should have kept him out of the discussions

Most Read