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Saanich announces new fire chief Michael Kaye will officially take over in early 2024

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The District of Saanich say they are pleased to announce the appointment of new fire chief, Michael Kaye.

He will officially step into the role on February 1st, 2024 and is bringing 25 years of dedicated service, leadership experience, and a wealth of knowledge to the position.

According to a release, Kaye has been a long-serving member of Saanich Fire, having started as a suppression fire fighter in 1998. 

He has since held various positions throughout his career, including Communications Officer, Assistant Deputy Chief, and most recently, Deputy Chief of Operations. 

“With extensive experience in fire services, coupled with his proven leadership capabilities, Chief Kaye is well equipped to lead our department into the future,” said Brent Reems, Chief Administrative Officer. 

“I am confident that he and our team of dedicated fire service professionals will not only continue to uphold the core values that underpin past successes but also drive progress to ensure that challenges are met, and opportunities are realized—all in service to the community.”

Outside of Saanich Fire, he received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service and leadership and has been a long-serving Board Member with Muscular Dystrophy Canada. 

Additionally, Kaye holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria, a Certificate in Business Analysis from the University of Toronto, and is certified as an Executive Chief Fire Officer through the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

“As a Saanich resident and a long-time member of the Saanich Fire Department, I am enthusiastic about this opportunity and look forward to continuing to serve my community in this role,” said Chief Michael Kaye. 

“Thank you to the Mayor, Council, and our CAO for placing their trust in me with this important role, and to my family for their endless support.”

As Fire Chief, Kaye will oversee all aspects of fire and emergency program services in Saanich, which includes leading a team of 140 firefighters and staff across three stations. 

It will also mean providing strategic direction to ensure emergency and fire services continue to meet the needs of the municipality into the future.

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