Nanaimo Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Named New Fire Chief

Tim Doyle Appointed as City of Nanaimo's New Fire Chief


After a search that drew dozens of applications from across the country, the City of Nanaimo is pleased to announce that it has selected Deputy Chief Tim Doyle as its new Fire Chief.

Acting Fire Chief Doyle has been with Nanaimo Fire Rescue for the last 20 years, serving as Assistant Chief (2014-2017) until his appointment to Deputy Chief in 2017.

During his time with Nanaimo Fire Service, Acting Fire Chief Tim Doyle has been integral in the operations and administration of the Fire Department, including overseeing the construction of the new Fire Station No. 1, recruitment, training, the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy (VIERA), and leading emergency operations.

Having built a reputation as an effective leader, collaborator and educator, Acting Fire Chief Doyle's deep expertise in public safety will be invaluable to the community as he leads Nanaimo Fire Rescue in this exciting new chapter.

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Key Points

  • Acting Fire Chief Tim Doyle has been with Nanaimo Fire Rescue for 20 years and has been the Acting Fire Chief since January 1, 2021.
  • Acting Fire Chief Doyle will assume his role as Fire Chief for the City of Nanaimo effective February 22, 2021.


"The City is thrilled to welcome Tim Doyle, as Nanaimo Fire Rescue's new Fire Chief. Fire Chief Doyle has a deep understanding of public safety and his leadership will continue to help build on the already incredible efforts of Nanaimo Fire Rescue."

Chief Administrative Officer
City of Nanaimo

"The fire department is made up of people wanting to help people in their time of need, including our non-emergency staff. As such, it is an honour to be entrusted with the responsibility of representing the City of Nanaimo Fire Department and supporting the community during emergencies. As the new Fire Chief, I see it as a privilege to lead this courageous team of women and men by doing what I can to help support their health and wellness and making sure they get home safely to their loved ones."

Fire Chief
Nanaimo Fire Rescue

Quick Facts

  • Acting Fire Chief Doyle holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (Fire Protection Technology), and a Certificate in Workplace Mental Health.
  • Acting Fire Chief Doyle has demonstrated a strong history of working in public safety and is skilled at in Vehicle Extrication, Emergency Management, Disaster Response, Fire Protection, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).


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