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Media Release: Appointment of New Fire Chief

Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley
6544 New Dublin Road
RR2 Addison, ON, K0E 1A0

January 19, 2024

Appointment of New Fire Chief

The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Sargent as the new Fire Chief and will officially welcome him to the role on Monday, February 5, 2024.

Mr. Sargent brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience from his role in the private sector and his 28 years of dedicated service to Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire & Emergency Services (EKFD).

“I would like to congratulate Captain Sargent on his upcoming appointment to Fire Chief of our esteemed fire department, said Mayor Brant Burrow. “As a life-long resident of the Township and with his dedication and commitment to our residents and community, as well as to the fire profession as a whole, we are proud to call him one of our own. Council and I were unanimous in our decision and are thrilled to make this announcement today,” said Burrow.

Chief Jeff Sargent

Sargent has been a volunteer member of EKFD since January 1996. He became a Captain in 2006 and most recently provided support to the Township as the Acting Deputy Fire Chief. During this time, he has provided dedicated service to the community, positive forward-thinking leadership and truly values the role that each resident, staff member, business and organization plays in making Elizabethtown-Kitley a great community.

“As a Township resident and a long-time member of EKFD, I am enthusiastic about this opportunity and look forward to continuing to serve my community in this role,” said Chief Jeff Sargent. “Thank you to the Mayor, Council, staff and our members for placing their trust in me with this important role, and to my family for their endless support.”

“I am delighted to have Jeff accept the role of Fire Chief. His transition into this new role reflects our commitment to nurturing and promoting talent. With extensive experience in the fire service, coupled with his proven leadership capabilities, Chief Sargent is well equipped to lead our department into the future,” said Administrator (CAO)/Clerk Leslie Drynan. “I am confident that he and our team of dedicated fire service personnel will not only continue to uphold the core values that underpin past successes but also drive progress to ensure that challenges are met, and opportunities are realized – all in service to the community.”

The Fire Chief is responsible for the overall management and operation of the Township’s volunteer Fire & Emergency Services Department including administration, fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency response, training, fire code enforcement and public education/community relations according to the policies and procedures adopted by Council and consistent with the provisions contained within the Ontario Fire Protection and Prevention Act. The Fire Chief provides leadership and technical expertise regarding the development and implementation of service levels, policies and long-range strategies, operating and capital budgets.

“Our Family, Helping Yours”

For more information contact:
Leslie Drynan, Administrator (CAO)/Clerk
613-345-7480 ext. 237 or ldrynan@ektwp.ca