Fire Chief Tim Beckett

Kitchener Fire Chief Tim Beckett has taken a new job as head of the Mississauga Fire Department. (Amanda Grant/CBC)

Kitchener Fire Chief Tim Beckett is leaving for a new job as head of the Mississauga Fire Department.

The move comes after 9½ years as fire chief with the city and 28 years of fire service experience across Southwestern Ontario. 

"It was about the opportunity and the timing for me," said Beckett. "It just seemed right." 

Beckett said the new job will challenge him and give him the chance to manage a force about three times the size of Kitchener's. 

"It wasn't a decision that came easy," Beckett said. "I had to make sure it was the right move for me and my family." 

While in Waterloo Region, Beckett served as the Ontario fire marshal regional co-ordinator and managed the Kitchener Fire Department's $30 million annual operating budget and 231 staff at seven fire stations across the city, according to a release. 

Beckett is scheduled to start his new job as Mississauga's fire chief July 21.