Richard Boyes retiring as OAFC executive director
By Grant Cameron
Richard Boyes, executive director of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), will be retiring at the end of May. The announcement was made following a board meeting of the association March 28.
OAFC president and Essa Township Fire Chief Cynthia Ross Tustin said in a letter that Boyes will be missed. She thanked him for all his contributions to the improvement of the OAFC.
“Richard has worked tirelessly over the past seven years, ensuring the OAFC has a solid government relations program, successfully implemented our candidate testing program through Ontario Fire Administration Inc., strengthened our member support services, leads a strong team of professionals that has grown and expanded our events, partnerships, programs and services, and has ensured our association is financially sound.
“The OAFC is in a strong position due to Richard's leadership and dedication to our members, partners and stakeholders.”
Boyes has more than 44 years of experience serving his community in both the volunteer and full-time fire service.
He is an experienced fire services executive, having filled many roles, including fire chief, consultant and Office of the Fire Marshal fire services advisor.
Boyes has been executive director of the association for more than six years. He was chief operating officer at the OAFC for six months prior to that.
Before working at the OAFC, he ran his own consulting business and was fire chief for the Town of Oakville for six years. Prior to that, he was fire chief at Sarnia Fire Rescue Services for nearly eight years. He was fire services advisor with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office for six years.
Between 2000 and 2011, he was on the board of directors of the OAFC and was president from 2007 to 2010.