An Interview With Interim Fire Chief Nicholas Maryka


    What challenges do you foresee in your role as Interim Fire Chief?
     “We are starting from scratch,” said Maryka.  “We will have to rebuild trust between the firefighters, the Village and the County. We will have to recruit and train up volunteers to get the Department back on its feet.”
    Maryka reports the Contingency Response Plan (CRP) is still in charge of running the scene. 
    What needs to be done before CRP is dismissed? 
    “We will need a stable team to serve the community.  But before we rebuild the team, we need to rebuild leadership.” He confirms he has already been talking to the officers in the department. 
    “We will need manpower and training as determined by the County and the Village to see what our firefighters will be trained up to.  It all depends on the applicants whether training will be in-house (in Thorsby or Nisku training centres) or whether they’ll be sent on courses,” says Maryka.
    Will you comment on those 16-point issues raised by the former firefighters?
     “I will work with the Fire Department to change what would work with the Village and the County.”

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