Larry Watkinson is the Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Kelowna. Larry has held a Chief Officer rank in the fire service for over 20 years. Larry is also a Structure Branch for BC Wildfire Service and has been deployed to a number of large provincial wildfire events establishing complex Structure Protection and Defense operations. As a Fire Service Leader, he has earned professional designations of Professional Manager (P.Mgr), and Chartered Manager (C.Mgr) from the Canadian Institute of Management, and Executive Chief Fire Officer (ECFO) designation from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. Larry has receive recognition in developing advanced training for structure protection/defense operations, and creating the Provincial WUI conference for structural firefighters.