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Marc Rathwell selected as new Chief of Fire and Emergency Services

​After an extensive search, the City of Lethbridge is pleased to announce that Marc Rathwell has been selected as the Chief of Fire and Emergency Services. 


"The quality of candidates was very impressive, making this competition a strong one," says Director of Community Services Tony Vanden Heuvel.  "That certainly speaks to the strength in leadership within our department and the strong commitment to public safety our members show day in and day out."

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


"I want to congratulate Marc on his appointment and have great confidence in his ability to lead our Integrated Fire and Emergency Services into the future," says Mayor Chris Spearman.


Rathwell says, "I am honoured to accept this new role and feel supported by a great team at Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services. It's exciting times as we add a new fire station to West Lethbridge and continue to adapt and expand to meet the needs of our growing community."


Retiring Fire Chief Hildebrand will continue working until the end of August, allowing a transition time between chiefs.


Media Contact:
Carly Kleisinger, Communications
City of Lethbridge

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