New fire chief

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

North Glen­garry’s former Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Roy has as­cended to the role of Chief af­ter North Glen­garry coun­cil pro­moted him to that po­si­tion at its June 10 meet­ing.

Mr. Roy re­places Pa­trick Gau­thier, who re­signed from the po­si­tion ear­lier this spring in or­der to spend more time with his family.

Mr. Roy “is a nat­u­ral leader, with more than 19 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in fire ser­vices,” said North Glen­garry CAO Sarah Huskin­son. “He brings with him ex­ten­sive knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in both fire ser­vices and gen­eral man­age­ment skills.”

Mr. Roy will be re­spon­si­ble for more than 60 fire­fight­ers, work­ing out of sta­tions in Alexan­dria, Maxville and Ap­ple Hill, for train­ing, fire pre­ven­tion and emer­gency re­sponse mea­sures.

Shortly af­ter the ap­point­ment was made, North Glen­garry coun­cil ac­knowl­edged former Chief Gau­thier for his ac­com­plish­ments. Coun­cil­lor-at-large Jac­ques Massie was par­tic­u­larly vo­cal, stat­ing that Mr. Gau­thier played an in­te­gral role in bet­ter­ing the fire de­part­ment through a num­ber of ini­tia­tives like im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions and se­cur­ing a train­ing fa­cil­ity.

Coun­cil did not ap­point an­other Deputy Chief, elect­ing to take a “wait and see” ap­proach to see if such a po­si­tion is even nec­es­sary.

Mr. Roy played a ma­jor role in the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of a fire ser­vices train­ing pro­gram, as out­lined by the On­tario Fire Mar­shall’s Of­fice.

“Work­ing along­side former Fire Chief Pa­trick Gau­thier, he helped to mod­ern­ize our fire de­part­ment and to stream­line our train­ing pro­grams so that our fire­fight­ers are bet­ter equipped to work to­gether as a team and to deal with emer­gen­cies. Matthew was in­stru­men­tal in the pro­cure­ment of a new com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem which will en­able our fire­fight­ers to stay bet­ter con­nected dur­ing emer­gen­cies,” the town­ship said.

“"Matthew has been a men­tor to many fire­fight­ers who look to him for guid­ance and sup­port. His nat­u­ral lead­er­ship abil­i­ties will serve him well in his new role as Chief. I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Matthew as part of our Senior Man­age­ment Team and to see­ing him con­tinue to grow as a leader and a key mem­ber of our team,” said Ms. Huskin­son.

Matthew Roy suc­ceeds Pa­trick Gau­thier as head of the North Glen­garry Fire De­part­ment.

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