Public Safety

New Brunswick names new fire officials (07/04/02)

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April 2, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) -- New Brunswick has a new fire marshal and a new deputy fire marshal.

Benoit Laroche, who has been New Brunswick's acting fire marshal since June of 2005, has been appointed to the position.

"Ben brings excellent senior leadership and management abilities, a depth of technical firefighter experience and communication skills in both official languages to his position," Public Safety Minister John Foran said. "The New Brunswick Fire Service is one of this department's key partners in building a safer New Brunswick. We know that Ben will use his skills and experience to continue and to strengthen that important relationship."

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Laroche devoted his entire professional career to the Fire Service. His experience includes 25 years in the Canadian Forces and eight years with the Office of the Fire Marshal in Miramichi and Fredericton. In the last few years, he has gained an in-depth understanding of the issues that are most important to the Fire Service, and will use that knowledge to define his strategy for the years to come.

"I deeply appreciate the privilege to work with the firefighters of New Brunswick as their fire marshal," Laroche said. "I see many opportunities where government can support the needs of the New Brunswick Fire Service and I will do everything within my power to make that happen."

Norman Thibodeau is the Province's new feputy fire marshal. Thibodeau's appointment recognizes his extensive operational firefighter experience that spans many years of service as a volunteer firefighter and Chief in Minto, as well as 26 years with the Office of the Fire Marshal.

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"I am proud to serve the NB Fire Service as deputy fire marshal," Thibodeau said. "My 34 years of service has led me to believe that quality fire education and training are essential for effective fire prevention and suppression. Our success in these areas places the NB Fire Service second to none throughout Canada."

"We welcome Norm to his new position," the minister said. "This new leadership team will be highly effective as we work with the New Brunswick Fire Service."

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MEDIA CONTACT: Patrica Hyland, director of communications, Public Safety, 506-444-4430.

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