Sidney Town Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Mikkelsen as Sidney’s new Fire Chief. Mikkelsen who is currently the Deputy Fire Chief, will take over duties as of November 3rd from retiring Chief Jim Tweedhope.
Mayor Larry Cross states, “I speak for everyone on Council when I say that we will miss Chief Tweedhope but wish him all the best as he moves on to the next phase of his life. He has been an exemplary leader who is admired and respected by all of the men and women who work with him, as well as by Council and staff of the Town of Sidney. We have the utmost confidence in Brett Mikkelsen as a successor to Chief Tweedhope. He will undoubtedly continue to lead Sidney’s Fire Department with the same kind of diligence and respect that we have all come to know and expect from our Fire Chief”.
“I'm honored and humbled to be selected as Sidney's next Fire Chief,” states Mikkelsen. “Chief Tweedhope has charted an excellent path for our fire department and has been a true friend and mentor to me. I look forward to, and feel very fortunate to be leading a great group of volunteers dedicated to helping the residents of Sidney.”
Brett Mikkelsen joined the department in October 1996. He held the position of Lieutenant prior to being appointed as the Deputy Fire Chief in February of 2012. Among his many qualifications, Mikkelsen holds a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Royal Roads University, is a licensed paramedic, and has completed the Fire Officer Program with the Justice Institute of BC. He is a long time resident of Sidney and resides here with his wife Kathy and daughter Sophie and son Carter.
Sidney’s retiring Fire Chief, Jim Tweedhope began working with the Fire Department in 1989. By 1997 Tweedhope had worked his way up to a Fire Prevention Officer, then Deputy Fire Chief by 2010 and in August of 2011 he was appointed Fire Chief. He received the British Columbia Long Service Award for 25 years of dedicated service this year.
In regards to his Deputy Chief’s appointment Tweedhope states, “I am extremely pleased with the appointment of Brett Mikkelsen as Sidney’s next Fire Chief. With his education and commitment to the Sidney Volunteer Fire department, I am confident that under Brett’s leadership, the department will continue to move forward in a positive direction to provide the best fire protection services possible for the residents of Sidney. I wish Brett all the best in his new position.”