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Joshua Colling has stepped down from his position as the joint fire chief for the four Townships of Alberton, Chapple, Emo and La Vallee.

"This was the most honourable opportunity to be able to serve the public and the community,” Colling said. “Just the way you engage and lead your team. It is kind of incredible, really.”

Colling became the fire chief in September 2015. Before that he was with the Rainy River District paramedic service, and before that he was a firefighter and a paramedic out west.

The Joint Fire Chief Services Committee that consists of members from the municipalities of

Alberton, Chapple, Emo and La Vallee presented Colling a plaque for his years of service as the Joint Fire Chief for the four municipalities.

“You take it a day at a time. It is just how you manage it and how you lead your team. We had a great team. They make things flow. Everybody does their job and things come together.”

Colling became the fire chief at 24, but he said his young age was not an obstacle and it was well-received from members of the community.

“I never really noticed an age thing at all. I never really thought of our members' ages. We increased our equipment, changed our response model,” Colling said.

“You take it a day at a time. It is just how you manage it and how you lead your team. We had a great team. They make things flow. Everybody does their job and things come together.”

Colling has moved to a position where he is the operations manager at the office of the fire marshal.

“A lot of it is providing professional advice on systems to municipalities, but also leadership and direction to the 48 northern fire protection program departments,” Colling said. “We support them and we look after their equipment and training.”

Darren Hughes has been hired as the new joint fire chief.

Colling said he is always looking ahead for new way to challenge himself and better the organization while he is there.

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