South Stormont Ontario Appoints First Full Time Fire Chief Marc Desjardins – September 10, 2013

South Stormont History MakingCFN – The Mayor and members of South Stormont Township Council are pleased to announce the appointment of South Stormont’s first full-time Fire Chief – Marc Desjardins. It is anticipated that Chief Desjardins will join our team on or before December 5, 2013.

Mayor McGillis indicated,

“Council is absolutely delighted to have Marc join our corporation. His fire career started as a volunteer at Glen Walter Fire Department and since then, he has acquired several years of experience and leadership in the fire service. Marc has fulfilled the past eight years in a senior role with the Waterloo Fire & Rescue. Everyone is looking forward to working with Chief Marc and we welcome him and his family back to their roots.”

Marc’s career started as a local volunteer firefighter and captain and has developed into over 20 years of combined full-time and volunteer experience; his current role is Chief, Fire Prevention in Waterloo. Marc is the son of former Chief Roger Desjardins, now retired, and is joining the Township following Gordon Mills May 31st departure.

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Mr. Desjardins sent in the following statement for CFN viewers:

My family and I are very excited about this opportunity and becoming residents of South Stormont.  I’m looking forward to working with Mayor and Council, staff and volunteer firefighters to shape the community’s fire protection. Fire safety is a shared responsibility and I know we can make it happen together.

As the new Fire Chief for South Stormont, Marc Desjardins is looking forward to leading the Fire & Rescue Department in delivering the level of service expected of Council and the public served. Chief Desjardins is responsible for the administration and coordination of the South Stormont Fire Department. These duties include operational readiness on a 24-hour, 365 days a year basis. The Township of South Stormont has a complement of up to 96 volunteer firefighters and a total of 4 fire stations located in Long Sault, Ingleside, Newington and St. Andrews West.

Mayor McGillis expressed appreciation to Deputy Chief Steven Flegg who has assumed the role of Acting Chief in the interim, by adding,

“Steven, thank you for your assistance during this transition. You have done a great job and on behalf of Council and staff, we sincerely thank you”, said Mayor McGillis.

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  1. On behalf of Waterloo Fire Rescue we would like to wish Marc all the best in his new role as Fire Chief.

    Marc will do an excellent job and we were fortunate to have an excellent leader here in Waterloo!

    Here’s to the new fire chief Marc Desjardins!

    John Percy
    Public Education Officer
    Waterloo Fire Rescue.

  2. Congratulations to Marc and to the community of South Stormont. You are getting a true professional and knowledgeable Fire Chief in Marc. All the best my friend.

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