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Essex Names New Assistant Deputy Fire Chief

Monday March 9th, 2015, 9:39pm


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The Town of Essex has appointed Jason Pillon the new Assistant Deputy Fire Chief.  Pillon will assist in the administration of the fire prevention and public education program, taking a lead role in performing fire inspections and fulfilling public education duties.

Pillon has 18 years of experience in fire and rescue, serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Harrow and Colchester South Fire Department for the first two years of his career, before amalgamation merged three fire services into Essex Fire and Rescue. In 2005 he was promoted to Captain and became a Battalion Chief at Station 3 in 2012. He has attended the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst, Ontario for multiple training courses and most recently completed the Fire Safety for Vulnerable Occupants course.

Pillon has extensive knowledge of fire service operations, vehicles, communication systems, tools and equipment. He also possesses practical experience in conducting fire investigations and developing, coordinating and delivering public fire safety education programs. Since 2006 he has worked as shop foreman at Refac Industrial Contractors and is a certified CWB pressure welder and journeyman ironworker.

Fire Chief Rick Arnel says Pillon is a welcome addition to the management team at Essex Fire and Rescue.

“We are very excited to bring Jason on board. Over the course of his fire career, Jason has demonstrated an eagerness to learn and has challenged himself to develop the kind of leadership skills that we need,” says Chief Arnel. “Jason brings energy, and commitment to improving fire and life safety education throughout our community.”

Pillon’s appointment was effective March 9th.

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