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Friday March 31st, 2017

Posted at 3:59pm

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Outgoing Fire Chief Bruce Montone hands command to incoming Chief Stephen Laforet

Stephen Laforet is Windsor’s new Fire Chief following a change of command ceremony held Friday afternoon.

Fire Chief Bruce Montone, who is retiring, was relieved of duty by Chief Stephen Laforet during the ceremony held at the Major F.A. Tilston V.C. Armoury on Sandwich Street.

The heart of the ceremony was an address by the Chief to be relieved and the relieving Chief. Command passed upon the utterance by Chief Laforet, “I relieve you, Sir.” Chief Montone responded with, “I stand relieved.”

Fire Department officials say the simple ceremony, passing authority, individual accountability and total responsibility from one Chief to another, reflects the dedication of firefighters serving their community proudly.

Chief Montone came to Windsor in 2011 after serving as a Deputy Chief in Ottawa. Montone had been actively employed in the fire service for more than forty years.

Chief Laforet began his career with Windsor Fire in 1990 and has served as a firefighter, an officer, an assistant chief and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations in 2011.

Chief Laforet speaks to the audience

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