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Terry Jones Named Fire Chief For Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue

KAWARTHA LAKES-Terry Jones has accepted the position of Fire Chief for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Jones has been serving as Acting Fire Chief since the retirement of long-time Chief Mark Pankhurst in July 2021. He was formerly a Deputy Chief and has 33 years of full-time service under his belt. He has served as a firefighter, Union President and Platoon Chief. Prior to becoming full-time he spent seven years as a volunteer firefighter with the former Ops Township department.

A recently released independent, third-party review of Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue found public safety is being jeopardized by an “ineffective low-cost resourcing model” that does not meet peer comparator Fire departments’ urban station staffing and service levels. It recommended the City immediately hire four full-time firefighters and said 70 additional volunteer firefighters are needed.

Performance Concepts Consulting Inc. (PCC)was retained by the City of Kawartha Lakes in late September 2021 to execute a Fire Service Modernization Review that was designed and executed to answer a series of core questions around service delivery efficiency (cost) and effectiveness (quality). This independent 3rd party Final Report was completed on January 31, 2022 and is meant to position the City to fully comply with the terms of its Audit and Accountability Fund funding contract with the Province.

Read the full story here: https://www.kawartha411.ca/2022/03/08/independent-review-of-kawartha-lakes-fire-found-unacceptable-response-times-constitute-significant-risk-to-public-and-firefighter-safety/

Officials say Jones will focus on firefighter recruitment and implementing fire service modernization and improvements.

Congratulations Terry!



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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
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