Wain­fleet fire chief mov­ing on to job in Mil­ton

The Welland Tribune - - NEWS -

Just more than a year af­ter be­ing hired on as Wain­fleet Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices fire chief, Kevin Fos­ter is leav­ing the township.

Fos­ter, hired to re­place for­mer chief Harry Flagg who re­tired from the fire ser­vice, will head to the Mil­ton Fire Depart­ment where he will take on the role of deputy chief.

“It’s cer­tainly with mixed emo­tions … I en­joyed my time here. There’s a very solid core group of peo­ple here that are en­gaged and are look­ing to help the com­mu­nity from the fire side in our depart­ment. They were a joy to work with,” said Fos­ter, Thurs­day.

In the last year, Fos­ter said the fire ser­vice’s train­ing pro­gram was com­ing along very well and good re­sources were be­ing uti­lized to give the vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers what they needed.

“We gen­er­ated a num­ber of ma­te­ri­als to pro­mote our up­com­ing re­cruit­ment cam­paign.”

Fos­ter said one of the most im­por­tant things for him over the last year was the opportunity to get mem­bers en­gaged and com­mit­ted to the train­ing pro­grams and re­cruit­ment drive.

The chief’s fi­nal day in the township is Fri­day, Sept. 29

“I’m very proud of the team here, and I very much en­joyed work­ing peo­ple not only in the fire ser­vice but with township staff. I think as I leave, it will be the peo­ple I re­mem­ber and miss most,” he said.

Wain­fleet Mayor April Jeffs said Fos­ter brought a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to the township that will be missed.

“I’m not en­tirely sur­prised he’s mov­ing on,” she said, adding that wealth and ex­pe­ri­enced helped the fire ser­vice move for­ward in terms of re­struc­tur­ing, or­ga­ni­za­tion, and train­ing.

Jeffs said the chief got the smoke alarm check pro­gram go­ing again and had very cre­ative ideas when it came to pro­mot­ing the fire ser­vice

“I re­ally en­joyed work­ing with the chief, we had a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship and I ap­pre­ci­ate what he brought to the role. I’m dis­ap­pointed he’s leav­ing, but I wish him well in his new en­deavor,” she said.

Fos­ter said mem­bers of the Wain­fleet Vol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion have in­di­cated they will sup­port and as­sist the township in any way pos­si­ble dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod be­tween his de­par­ture and the hir­ing of a new chief.

Jeffs said township coun­cil will be dis­cussing the hir­ing of a new chief, but no time­line has been set.

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