Jim Cook is an experienced professional with over 38 years experience in the Fire Service. He has extensive knowledge in budget analysis, labour relations, Council and community relations, strategic planning, executive leadership, project management and organizational change.
During his successful career with the City of New Westminster’s Fire Department, Jim was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief. His roles and responsibilities included administration, annual operating and capital budgets, communications, human resources, emergency operations and facility maintenance including oversight of the construction phase of a new fire hall in 2001 – 2002.
In 2008, Jim was appointed to the position of Fire Chief in the District of West Vancouver Fire Department. During his 6-year term, he was a member of the senior management committee responsible for leading the analysis, planning and design of a shared fire/police facility. Over a few years during the planning stages for shared facility, Jim worked closely with Cornerstone Planning Group who directed the functional planning and feasibility study. After retiring from the fire service in 2015, Jim became an independent planning consultant. He also serves as an instructor of fire officer development at the Justice Institute of BC. In 2018, Jim was part of a Cornerstone Team that prepared a Master Plan for the Poundmaker Edmonton Fire Rescue Service (EFRS) Training Site in Edmonton, Alberta as well as a Functional Program for the on-site Training Academy.