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Fire Chief Marc Rathwell announces retirement

After 2.5 years at the helm of Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Chief Marc Rathwell has announced his retirement. His final day with the City will be February 11, 2022.

"I've had a great career with the City of Lethbridge," says Chief Rathwell. "Despite the challenges of the past couple of years, I've had some wonderful experiences and have had the opportunity to work with amazing people."

After being hired in May 1996 as a Paramedic/Firefighter, Chief Rathwell's career has seen him move through the ranks with the City of Lethbridge. In 2010, he became the Medical Training Officer, then served as a Lieutenant in 2014 and advanced to Captain in 2016. He became Deputy Chief in November 2018 and Chief in June 2019.

Chief Rathwell has been adamant in his support for retention of Lethbridge's integrated service delivery model and has been at the forefront of dealing with the local impacts of the ongoing drug crisis and COVID-19 pandemic.

In his continued efforts of adapting and expanding to meet the needs of our growing community, Chief Rathwell was also instrumental in the opening of the new fire station in West Lethbridge earlier this year.

"Throughout his career, Chief Rathwell has displayed strong leadership skills for our city," says Mike Fox, Director of Community Services for the City of Lethbridge. "This is a vital role in our community and it speaks to the strong commitment to public safety our members show day in and day out."

"I want to thank Chief Rathwell for his contributions to the City and especially for his excellent leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic," says Mayor Blaine Hyggen. "We know we have big shoes to fill with Chief Rathwell's departure and we thank him for his amazing tenure with the City."

The City hopes to have a new Fire Chief in place by mid-January, allowing time to transition into the position and train with Chief Rathwell prior to his retirement.