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Fire marshal fills positions

April 5, 2012 - The Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal has filled two assistant deputy fire marshal positions – one from the fire service and one internally.

April 5, 2012
By Laura King

Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek said in a letter to fire-service partners Thursday morning that Burlington, Ont., Fire Chief Shayne Mintz has accepted the position of deputy fire marshal – fire protection services, and Trevor Bain becomes deputy fire marshal / executive officer.

Both start their new jobs on May 28.

Wieclawek said that Chief Mintz applied for the job as part of a competition through which several strong candidates were identified; the competitive field, he said, “provided the OFM with the opportunity to fill an additional position.”

“His proven leadership abilities and broad fire-protection and emergency-management experience will be a valuable asset to the Fire Protection Services section and to the OFM's senior management team,” Wieclawek said.

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Bain is already a member of the OFM’s senior management team and had been acting as assistant deputy fire marshal – fire protection services, for 14 months.

Wieclawek said Bain’s new role includes the development and implementation of a provincial enforcement strategy to help fire departments promote compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.

“Trevor will continue to be responsible for the community safety enhancement unit,” Wieclawek said “As well, in his capacity as executive officer, Trevor will help co-ordinate the development of strategic initiatives and liaise with the OFM’s management team and with internal and external stakeholders.”