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Windsor Names Next Fire Chief

Tuesday October 11th, 2016, 3:22pm

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Windsor will be getting a new Fire Chief.

Mayor Drew Dilekns announced Tuesday, that Deputy Chief Stephen Michael Laforet will take over the top job.

Laforet has been with Windsor Fire and Rescue for 26 years, the past 5 ½ years as Deputy Chief of Operations, and has been responsible for emergency service delivery and training, as well as overseeing the WFRS’s level 3 provincial hazardous materials response team. He’s currently the Assistant Essex County Fire Coordinator and the Alternate Chief Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Windsor.

“This is an exceptional announcement for the City of Windsor”, said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Stephen has worked hard and risen steadily through the ranks over his 26 year commitment to our community and we’re proud to name him as our next Chief”.

The promotion will take effect April 1st, 2017, which allows for a strong handover of responsibility from Chief Bruce Montone to future Chief Laforet.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have Chief Montone move our department forward over the past 5 years”, said Solicitor Askin Hager. “And we’re delighted to see his tradition of strong leadership continue through transition to Deputy Chief Laforet”.

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