North Cowichan Welcomes New Fire and Bylaw Manager

(North Cowichan, BC) – Martin Drakeley has joined the Municipality of North Cowichan in the new position of Manager, Fire and Bylaw Services.

Mr. Drakeley joins North Cowichan after a thirty-five year career in fire services, most recently as Chief Officer in Nanaimo. A welder by trade, Mr. Drakeley began his emergency services career in Lake Cowichan as a paramedic, also working five years with the Coroners Service of BC before joining the City of Nanaimo.

“We are excited to have Martin here leading our Fire and Bylaw teams,” says Chief Administrative Officer, Ted Swabey. “This position will focus on training, procurement, operating procedures, and health and safety, and will help to drive consistency and collaboration in the organization, allowing our Bylaw Officers and Firefighters to focus on what they do best – providing exceptional protective services to our community.”

The need for a Fire and Bylaw Manager was identified in the 2018 Fire Services Review and the 2018 Organizational Services Review, both of which recommended the permanent, full-time role stationed at Municipal Hall to lead the Municipality’s Fire Department and to provide leadership to the Bylaw Compliance team. This position was funded within the existing 2019 budget.


Martin Drakeley: Manager, Fire and Bylaw Services

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For more information:
Ted Swabey
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.746.3117
E ted.swabey@northcowichan.ca