The Town of Qualicum Beach announced today it has hired a new fire chief.
Fire Chief Peter Cornell assumed his new role on May 17, according to a release from the town. He was previously the department’s deputy fire chief.
He takes over from Marc Norris, interim chief, who is returning to the Parksville position after serving in a dual capacity for the past two years.
“It has been a great experience and an honour to serve the Town of Qualicum Beach over the last two years and a pleasure to work alongside Chief Cornell, all the members of the Qualicum Beach Fire Department and other town staff. Chief Cornell is definitely the right fit for the job and I look forward to our continued collaboration between our two fire departments,” Norris said.
Cornell will continue to play an active role as an instructor for both the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy and the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He is a certified fire prevention officer, holds a diploma in fire service leadership and has completed the certificate in local government administration.
“On behalf of the Town of Qualicum Beach council and staff, I welcome Chief Cornell to the role with complete confidence that he will successfully lead the Qualicum Beach Fire Department into the future,” said Mayor Brian Wiese. “We also thank Chief Norris for his service and dedication to the residents of Qualicum Beach during his role as interim chief.”
Chief Cornell started his fire career in 1996 and for the last 24 years has been with the Town of Qualicum Beach Fire Rescue Department. He is a seasoned firefighter and has been integral in the operations and administration of the fire department during his tenure, according to the town.