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City of Terrace hires new deputy fire chief

November 1, 2023 
By FFIC Staff

Deputy Fire Chief Joel Brousson and Fire Chief Chad Cooper. Photo credit: City of Terrace

Nov. 1, 2023, Terrace, B.C. – The City of Terrace has hired Joel Brousson as its new deputy fire chief of training and operations. He is taking over the role from outgoing Deputy Fire Chief Dave Jephson, who gave 30 years of service. Brousson has been Acting Deputy Chief since early October, and was officially hired permanently a few weeks later.

“Since the age of eight, I knew I wanted to be a firefighter. Seeing two of my uncles working for the police force and ambulance service instilled early in me a desire to serve the public. Bringing stability to someone’s worst day and ensuring safety and best practice within emergency response motivates me daily. I am humbled to serve with the City of Terrace and look forward to working closely with the career and volunteers as deputy chief of training and operations,” he said.

Brousson started in the junior fire fighting program in 2010 in the interior of B.C. He also has a degree in psychology with a specialization in crisis management, and paramedic training. His first position was with the Lacombe Fire Department in 2013, and in 2021, he was hired at the Kitsumkalum Band. There, he had the opportunity to build and maintain their emergency program, overseeing specialized emergency-related teams and training within their emergency response program.

“On behalf of the fire chief’s office, I want to welcome Joel Brousson as the newly appointed deputy fire chief. In his new capacity, Deputy Fire Chief Brousson will play a pivotal role in overseeing Terrace Fire’s operational readiness, fire training program, and emergency response strategies. His leadership will undoubtedly strengthen Terrace Fire Department’s ongoing commitment to community safety and well-being,” said Fire Chief Chad Cooper. “I also want to take this moment to honour the contributions of our outgoing Deputy Fire Chief Dave Jephson. Serving the department for 30 years, Dave’s steadfast commitment to our community has been guided by a deep focus on public safety and community service.”

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