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Kingsville Announces New Fire Chief

Friday January 22nd, 2021, 12:51pm


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The Town of Kingsville has a new fire chief.

John Quennell will replace Chuck Parsons, who the Town announced on Wednesday was no longer employed with the Town.

Quennell has decades of experience in fire and rescue operations, working in multiple capacities throughout his lengthy career. He was the Deputy Fire Chief for the Town of Lakeshore from 2011 to 2019. Previously he was a career firefighter with the City of Windsor for 32 years, where he retired in 2010 with the rank of Assistant Fire Chief.

In October 2020, Quennell answered the call to help the Kingsville Fire Department and filled a leadership void as a temporary Deputy Fire Chief. A recent review of the Kingsville Fire Department concluded that a change in leadership within the fire department was necessary.

Quennell will be responsible for the overall management and operation of the Fire Department. He will report to the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer, lead all emergency responses, including the Covid-19 crisis, and will participate as a member of the Town’s Senior Management Team.

“The Town of Kingsville is fortunate to secure John Quennell along with his emergency response expertise, team building skillset, and overall professionalism to lead as Fire Chief during these critical times,” said Mayor Nelson Santos. “The Chief is well-respected and is a strong and capable leader.”

Quennell’s official start date as Fire Chief is Monday, January 25th, 2021.

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