Photo by Whitehorse Star
Photo by Whitehorse Star
The city is without a fire chief.
City officials confirmed today that Kevin Lyslo “has stepped down as fire chief” after three years in the role – and a total of 23 years with the fire department.
“He has served as a volunteer firefighter, career firefighter, captain, platoon chief, deputy fire chief, and became the city’s fire chief in 2014,” city spokesman Myles Dolphin said in an emailed statement.
Search for new chief
“The city will begin the recruitment process to find a new fire chief, and we have an interim strategy to ensure service continuity within the department.”
Mayor Dan Curtis was not available for comment to the Star before press time this afternoon.
Reached this morning, Lyslo confirmed he is no longer in the role of fire chief, but declined to comment further on it.
Lyslo was serving as the city’s deputy chief when he was hired to take on the position in 2014 following the retirement of then-fire chief Clive Sparks.
Both Sparks and Curtis praised Lyslo for his skills and experience at that time, with Lyslo highlighting his excitement in taking on the position.
“Kevin Lyslo brings many skills to this position, including an excellent understanding of the city’s operations,” Curtis said at that time.
“This will allow for a smooth transition.”
Sparks, meanwhile, had described Lyslo as a “good, well-qualified” firefighter who had worked his way up the ranks through the years.
Lyslo had already been in the role of acting fire chief from May 2013 to January of 2014 while Sparks served as the city’s acting director of infrastructure.
He said the stint as acting chief confirmed his interest in the position, allowing him to take on the role while still having Sparks nearby when he had questions.
Lyslo joined the department as a volunteer in 1994, wanting to get involved with emergency services.
He became a full-time firefighter after five years as a volunteer.
Lyslo began taking on more leadership roles in the department in 2008, including captain, platoon chief, deputy chief and finally chief before stepping down.
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