City of North Bay appoints new Fire Chief

North Bay, ON – August 22, 2016 – Jason Whiteley has been appointed as the City of North Bay’s new Fire Chief, effective September 12, 2016.

Whiteley comes to North Bay from Woodstock Fire Department where he has been the Deputy Chief since 2015; prior to that he was the Deputy Fire Chief for Norfolk County Fire and Rescue Services.  Whiteley has more than 27 years of fire service experience as well as management of fire operations, including business administration, emergency management and response, and fire prevention and education. 

“I am very honoured to have the opportunity to join the City of North Bay and lead a strong department that provides a high level of emergency services to the community,” said Whiteley, who will also be a member of the City’s senior management team.  “I’m looking forward to working closely with the team at Fire and Emergency Services, as well as contributing to the corporate strategic initiatives as part of the senior management team.”

Whiteley began his career with the City of Burlington Fire Department in 1989. He went on to work for several other municipalities including the Municipality of Markstay-Warren Fire Department, Norfolk County Fire and Rescue Services, and spent 16 years with the City of Mississauga.  

In his new role, Whiteley will provide oversight and leadership to all administrative and business functions of the Fire and Emergency Services division including financial and operational plans, fire prevention and safety operations, fire suppression, and communications.

“Jason is highly qualified for this position and will be a great asset for the City,” said Lea Janisse, Interim Chief Administrative Officer.  “His combination of career experience and accomplishments will ensure continued excellence in the provision of fire services to our community.”

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