New fire chief
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.