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Kingsville Deputy Fire Chief Promoted As Fire Chief Retires

Wednesday October 12th, 2022, 6:31pm

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Kimgsville Deputy Fire Chief Jason Suchiu is poised to take over when Fire Chief John Quennell retires at the end of the year.

In October 2020, Quennell came out of retirement to fill a leadership void in the Town’s fire department.

“Kingsville was fortunate to have Chief Quennell join our team when he did. He has been an excellent leader to our firefighters and was instrumental in helping our community pull through challenging pandemic times,” said Kingsville’s Chief Administrative Officer, John Norton.
Jason Suchiu joined the municipality as its Deputy Fire Chief in May 2022.

Suchiu came to Kingsville from the Municipality of Lakeshore, where he served as their Deputy Fire Chief. He has a history in Kingsville, having served as the Town’s Fire Prevention Officer earlier in his career.

“Jason quickly proved himself a strong asset to our Fire Department,” said Norton. “We expect a smooth transition to Chief and look forward to having him join our Senior Management Team.”

Suchiu has a Diploma from the Ontario Fire College and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Windsor. He also has several National Fire Protection Association certifications, including Fire Inspector Level I and II, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Public Life Safety Education Level II, and Fire Officer Level I and II.

“It has been an honour working with such a dedicated group of emergency services professionals, but I am ready to pass on the torch and head back to retirement,” said Quennell. “I’m confident our team is in good hands with Deputy Chief Suchiu moving into this critical role.”

Chief Suchiu begins his new role on January 1st, 2023.

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