Photo from Facebook

Olds gets new fire chief

New fire chief brings 30 years of experience

Olds has a new fire chief.

The town announced on Thursday that Mike Hoffman will start as chief on Tuesday. He takes over from Lorne Thompson, who was chief for the past 13 years before leaving earlier this year.

Hoffman was born and raised in Alberta and worked the majority of his field career as a firefighter/paramedic in a variety of locations throughout Western Canada including Calgary, Kainai First Nation, Fort McMurray, the Yellowknife, and most recently North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

Hoffman began his career as a volunteer in Coalhurst, Alta. in 1987. Since then, he has worked his way through the ranks becoming a deputy chief five years ago.

For most of his career, Hoffman has taught firefighters and emergency medical service providers and “loves to give back to the people and profession that have treated him so well over the years,” says the town in a Thursday news release announcing his appointment.

When not serving his community, perform as a musician, volunteers as a Rotarian, or is out enjoying Canada’s wilderness fishing or quadding in the back country. Hoffman, who is married to Lila. is also an avid photographer and videographer.

Just Posted

Quebec man arrested in slaying of Alberta woman 16 years ago

AIRDRIE, Alta. — A Quebec man has been arrested in the slaying… Continue reading

Construction underway at Medicine River Wildlife Centre in Red Deer

The new building is twice the size of the old one

Fish for free

No license is required to ice fish on Family Day weekend

Music industry struggles to shake ugly legacy of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll

TORONTO — Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around pop-rockers Hedley have put… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer rings in the Chinese New Year

A couple hundred fill Festival Holiday to ring in the Year of the Dog

WATCH Replay Red Deer Feb. 18: Your weekly news highlights

Watch news from Red Deer and Central Alberta

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Trump gets angry about election meddling, but not at Russia

‘Weirdest thing’: Trump expresses anger, but not over Russian election-meddling

New doping charge could hurt Russia’s chance at reinstatement

Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky.

#Metoo movement causing confusion in many men, fear of missteps with women: experts

Being painted by the same sweeping brush as those alleged to have mistreated women has angered men

Virtue and Moir break their own world record

Virtue and Moir break short dance record to sit first in ice dance at Olympics

Calgary man dies in Mexico following sudden illness

Troy Black was with his wife, Lindsay, in Puerto Vallarta when he began vomiting blood on Thursday

Life or death main decision for school shooting suspect

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect… Continue reading

Man who stole millions from Seabird Island band sentenced to 4.5 years jail

Stephen MacKinnon sentenced in Chilliwack court for stealing $2.3 million over eight years

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month