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Columbia-Shuswap promotes deputy chief to regional fire chief

June 17, 2024 
By Jared Dodds

June 17, 2024, Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, B.C. — The Columbia-Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) promoted Sean Coubrough to regional fire chief and manager, Protective Services.

Coubrough moves up from his previous position as deputy regional fire chief with the CSRD’s Protective Services Division. He has worked for the CSRD since 2015.

As part of his new role, he will be overseeing the emergency management and 911 functions, in addition to managing 13 fire departments across the region.

“During his time at the CSRD, Chief Coubrough has risen to all challenges and opportunities,” said Derek Sutherland, general manager of Community and Protective Services.  “His commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety and training, along with his ability to build a strong sense of community, have made CSRD fire departments true leaders in rural fire service.”


Coubrough’s new role is effective immediately. Len Youden, CSRD’s former FireSmart Coordinator, taking on the deputy regional fire chief position.

The CSRD held a brief ceremony celebrating Coubrough’s promotion by exchanging the four-bar epaulets on his uniform for ones bearing the five-bar Chief status.

“I’m excited to bring my experience with CSRD Fire Services to an expanded role. There’s no doubt emergency management is a challenging area. I look forward to building on the strong foundation of teamwork within the CSRD’s Protective Services division,” said Coubrough.

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