Dec. 5, 2012, Kingston, Ont. - The City of Kingston, Ont., announced Wednesday that Rhéaume Chaput will assume the role of chief, Fire and Rescue Services, on Jan. 7.
Chaput replaces retiring chief Harold Tulk. Chaput is the chief in Belleville, Ont., and has more than 25 years of experience in fire services and fire management, including strategic-plan development, budget and business administration, emergency management and response, fire prevention and education and risk management.
The city said in a notice Wednesday that Chaput began his municipal career as a firefighter with the Town of Pembroke, Ont., where he became chief in 2006. Chaput was hired as director of Fire and Emergency Services and fire chief for the City of Belleville in 2008.
“In his role as fire chief for Belleville, Mr. Chaput has developed a master fire plan as well as restructured and reorganized fire service delivery,” the note said. “Mr. Chaput was awarded Fire Chief of the Year by the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association in 2009 for significant contributions to fire prevention and public fire safety education.
Chaput is bilingual and has a master of arts in disaster emergency management and a bachelor of applied business, emergency services. He is a member of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council.