Fort Erie hires new fire chief

After a cross-Canada search, Fort Erie has a new fire chief.

He's Ed Melanson, a training officer with the City of Brampton Fire and Emergency Services.

Fort Erie's interim fire chief says Melanson will be a great assest as the town prepares for the future under a new management team.

Melanson takes over April 24th.

Town officials announcing in December after seven years of service Fire Chief Larry Coplen would not longer be the department's chief

No explanation was given for the decision.