HUDON’S HOPE, B.C – Brad Milton is the new fire chief in Hudson’s Hope, and says he’s ready to put down roots after a 13-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Milton started his first week in office Jan. 11, and replaces Bob Norton, who left in October to become a deputy fire chief in Fort St. John.

“I spent almost 13 and a half years in the armed forces, being posted all over the place,” said Milton. “I was out in Edmonton, and my wife and I had decided to be able to settle down and set some roots. We want to be able to be part of the fabric of the community.”

Milton originally hails from Kitchener, Ont., but began his firefighting career in Cold Lake, Alta., after training at the Ontario Fire Academy when he finished basic military training in Quebec.

After Cold Lake, Milton was posted to Halifax and served with the navy, aboard the HMCS Athabaskan.

Milton says his time in the military was a positive experience that allowed him to travel the world.

“It’s quite a bit of time, and it’s been a great career. It’s taken me all over the world, I got to see some amazing places and meet some phenomenal people,” said Milton. “I’m sad to depart to the forces, but I’m on to the next big thing and begin a new chapter of our life.”

Milton will be joined by his wife Davina, who also served in the military, and their two sons, Grayson and Carter.

The new chief was invited out for a tour of both fire halls, Beryl Prairie and the district hall, and met with local firefighters before being hired.

Mayor Dave Heiberg feels Milton is the right man for the job.

“I think he’s going to be a natural fit,” said Heiberg. “We’re looking forward to working with him. It’s a big job and getting the right people in the right spots can be hard, but I think we did really well.”

By: Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative
Source: Alaska Highway News