Dono­van named County's first Fire Ser­vices Co­or­di­na­tor

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - ANDREW BROOKS

Vic­to­ria County Emer­gency Mea­sures Co­or­di­na­tor (EMO) Lyle Dono­van has been named the county’s first Fire Ser­vices Co­or­di­na­tor (FSC). In ad­di­tion to the EMO and FSC part-time po­si­tions, Dono­van is also a full­time para­medic with EHS.

“I'm very ex­cited for this. It's al­ways been a pas­sion of mine, since I've been a kid,” Dono­van told The Stan­dard via tele­phone June 30. He re­counted hours spent as a child at the fire hall in In­go­nish while his mother was sec­re­tary/trea­surer of the lo­cal fire aux­il­iary.

Dono­van says the start of the po­si­tion is a work in progress. He and Vic­to­ria County Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer Leanne Macheachen will first need to meet with fire chiefs across the county to as­sess their needs, and sum­mer can be a dif­fi­cult time to get ev­ery­one to­gether.

“We want to find out from the chiefs and the deputy chiefs what their pri­or­i­ties are. I can fore­see each depart­ment hav­ing a pri­or­ity list and then we'll com­pare all those lists to see what the big pri­or­i­ties are.”

Dono­van said he also looks for­ward to work­ing with other fire ser­vice co­or­di­na­tors around the prov­ince, in­clud­ing Shawn An­drews from Guys­bor­ough County, who pre­sented at Coun­cil last year. Dono­van will bring his own skills and ex­pe­ri­ence to the role, but he is quick to point out where his man­date will come from.

“I'm go­ing to take di­rec­tion from them,” said Dono­van, re­fer­ring to the county’s fire chiefs. “This is their po­si­tion, they’re the ones who wanted it. So, I'm go­ing to take di­rec­tion from them through the CAO. She's still my boss and she's the one who calls the shots, but I think it's go­ing to be a very good work­ing re­la­tion­ship amongst the three en­ti­ties - my­self, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity through the CAO, and the fire chiefs.”

Around 200 turned out to John Cabot Cel­e­bra­tions June 24th 2018 de­spite the rainy weather. John Cabot was played by Em­manuel Com­tois (cen­tre), Cabot’s sons John and Se­bas­tian were played by Ai­dan Costelo (right) and Lyle Dono­van (left). Dis­trict #8...

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