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Delta Identifies Successor for Fire Chief Position

Nov 08, 2017

Office of the Mayor and City Manager


For immediate release – November 8, 2017

With the recent announcement of Fire Chief Dan Copeland’s retirement, the City of Delta will be welcoming a new fire chief next March.  The new Fire Chief Designate will be succeeding Chief Dan Copeland, who has served Delta Fire & Emergency Services for the last 35 years, and has been Delta's Fire Chief since 2007.

As a result of Delta Fire’s succession planning, Delta is proud to announce that Deputy Chief Paul Scholfield has been identified as Chief Copeland’s successor.  Paul joined Delta Fire and Emergency Services in 1991 and has served as Deputy Chief for the past 7 years.  In his time with the Fire Service Paul has gained extensive operational experience, developed strong relationships with staff and external organizations and has provided exemplary leadership skills as part of the Fire Management team.  Deputy Chief Scholfield has fostered a collaborative and progressive environment that will serve Delta well. 

“I would like to acknowledge Fire Chief Copeland’s many contributions to our community and providing the leadership necessary to develop a fire department that is second to none.  Although he will be sorely missed I am very proud of the leadership he has developed within the ranks and very much look forward to working with Chief Designate Scholfield in the future,” says Mayor Lois E. Jackson.

Outgoing Fire Chief Dan Copeland began his career as a firefighter in July 1982. Since then, he worked his way through the ranks and became Fire Chief in 2007. During his service as a firefighter, Chief Copeland served on the Union Executive for ten years and was a founding member of the Delta Firefighters Charitable Association.

One of Chief Copeland’s most prominent legacies will be the Emergency Medical Response Project – an initiative where firefighters are trained to Emergency Medical Response license level and are able to give immediate pre-hospital care in advance of the arrival of paramedics. His leadership advanced the Fire Department to new levels, elevating the standard for other fire departments in the region.

“Delta aspires to go beyond our goal of providing outstanding fire and emergency services to the community, by producing exemplary firefighters and future leaders,” says Delta’s City Manager George V. Harvie. “I would like to thank Chief Copeland for his service to the community, he will retire with a tremendous legacy, and is leaving the community in good hands.”

The Fire Chief guides more than 160 firefighters in providing a high standard of fire safety and public service in Delta.

For more information on the Delta Fire & Emergency Services Department, visit DeltaFire.ca.

For more information on this news release, contact the Mayor’s Office at 604-946-3210 or email mayor@delta.ca, the City Manager’s office at 604-946-3212 or email citymanager@delta.ca, or contact the Fire Chief's Office at 604-946-8541.