BRAMPTON, ON: On January 18, at an Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) conference in Toronto, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services Chief Michael Clark was presented with the 2016 Fire Chief of the Year award.
Chief Clark’s recognition was based on his distinguished 34 year career in the fire services, and his leadership in Brampton in 2016. He was appointed Brampton Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief in 2014.
“The City of Brampton and its residents are very well served by Chief Clark and Brampton Fire and Emergency Services,” said Councillor Jeff Bowman, Fire Services Vice-Chair. “This is a well-deserved recognition by his peers, and we are proud of the role the Chief and all of our fire services staff play in keeping Brampton’s residents, businesses and visitors safe.”
“It’s an honour to be recognized in this way by the OAFC, but it really is a team award,” said Fire Chief Michael Clark. “If it weren’t for the support of City leadership and the great work of our entire fire service, we would not have been able to achieve what we did.”
Over the course of the past year, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services has delivered on important initiatives and projects to better serve the residents and the City of Brampton.
• The department has seen great success with new techniques and training, including Standard Resource Deployment, a new approach to on-scene decision-making that has saved millions in property damage
• A new fireworks by-law, grounded in community engagement, that moved the City forward in protecting residents and their property, while allowing everyone to celebrate important occasions with their families
• A new partnership with some of Brampton’s diverse community groups to allow for more proactive fire inspections at places of worship and cultural facilities
• A strong teamwork approach with City leadership on labour negotiations
• Implementing the Road to Mental Readiness program – a program designed to support fire personnel, training participants on ways to address stigmas and identify the signs and symptoms of occupational stress injuries, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic mental stress.
The OAFC mission is to lead innovation and excellence in public and life safety. To achieve this, the association provides a recognized, authoritative voice for all matters relating to the management and delivery of fire and emergency services in Ontario. The OAFC represents the chief fire officers of the 449 municipal fire departments in the Province.
The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca
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