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April 12, 2010
By Laura King


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Monday, April 12, 2010

Congrats to Jamie Zimmerman, the new deputy fire chief for administration and support services in Waterloo, Ont. Zimmerman fills the position left vacant by Andrew Lillico, who left last year to become the fire chief for Wellesley Township.

Zimmerman has more than 20 years experience in fire service and was the first fire chief for the Town of Minto.

Waterloo acting chief Larry Brassard said that after a 10-month search, Zimmerman was chosen for his unique skill set.

"A big part of coming into our fire service is fit,” he said. “We were looking for someone who fits our department because they become a part of our family. Our family has to be fully functional. Jamie fits our family very well.”

In classic fire department style, the press release from Waterloo announcing Zimmerman’s appointment said the department “revealed another new member of its family” over the weekend — a new $800,000 Quint.

“Although red in colour, the truck is considered very green,” the press release says. “It has diesel engine emission controls and energy efficient LED lighting.”

Cool!

This may be a bit technical for a Monday (better on a
Monday than a Friday, mind you!) but it’s a pretty good resource. This piece by Jeffrey Pindelski
at Firehouse.com called A Tactical Worksheet for the Fire Ground is detailed,
up to date and a more-than-decent free online resource for your department.
Click here.

And, although our friends to the south may have more
resources and bigger budgets, they’re fighting the same battles as we are here in
Canada, namely opposition
by builders’ associations to mandatory residential sprinklers. Here’s Fire
Engineering
’s editorial cartoonist’s take on the issue.

I was flipping through the agenda today for FDIC Atlantic in
Wolfville, N.S.
in June. We’re proud that this always sold-out event features Fire Fighting in Canada
columnists Mark van der Feyst and Ed Brouwer as part of the education program. If
you haven’t already done so, check out the revised and updated website – www.fdic-atlantic.ca. Nice work
gentlemen!


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