Deputy fire chief from vol­un­teer ranks

The Welland Tribune - - Local -

A vol­un­teer fire­fighter with 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence is Wain­fleet Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices’ new deputy fire chief.

Wain­fleet coun­cil passed a by­law Tues­day night ap­point­ing Shawn Schut­ten, a for­mer pla­toon chief with the vol­un­teers, to the po­si­tion cre­ated ear­lier this year.

“I’m very hon­oured to serve in this new ca­pac­ity and look for­ward to mak­ing ma­jor strides that will move Wain­fleet fire for­ward in terms of not only sup­pres­sion ca­pa­bil­ity, but also public ed­u­ca­tion and preven­tion as well,” said Schut­ten in a re­lease from the town­ship.

Wain­fleet op­er­ates four fire sta­tions with a com­ple­ment of about 30 vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers.

“We have a rel­a­tively young, but grow­ing, de­part­ment and this is a very ex­cit­ing time for us,” he said in the re­lease.

Wain­fleet chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Wil­liam Ko­lasa said Schut­ten will pro­vide cru­cial lead­er­ship.

“Our fire­fight­ers have been work­ing very hard to build mo­men­tum and striv­ing to­ward im­por­tant goals as fire­fight­ers and as a de­part­ment,” Ko­lasa said in the re­lease.

The town­ship is re­cruit­ing a full-time fire chief.

Deputy Chief Shawn Schut­ten

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