Chatham-Kent has a new assistant fire chief.
Dan Parent replaces John Praill, who retired.
The local product was chosen from a list of candidates who applied from across North America.
Parent who has dedicated himself to both EMS and fire for more than 30 years, started in 1991 when he became a paramedic with Chatham & District Ambulance Service, responding out of the Wallaceburg area.
He became a firefighter in 1993 when he was hired as a volunteer with the Wallaceburg Fire Department.
In 1995 he became a career firefighter with Wallaceburg Fire Department, and stayed on after amalgamation with Chatham-Kent Fire and Rescue.
Since then, Parent has moved through the ranks being promoted to Captain in January 2020, and qualified as a Senior Captain that September.
“We are looking forward to having Dan join our senior management team,” fire chief Chris Case said in a media release. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience serving our community in a multifaceted manner for many years. It is inspiring to see individuals within our organization progressively advancing and assuming leadership roles.”