Deputy fire chief from volunteer ranks
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