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New Fire Chief Appointed For North Huron

North Huron has appointed a new director of fire and emergency services.

Ryan Ladner has 15 years of experience working with fire departments in the City of Mississauga, the Township of Puslinch, and the Town of Erin.  He is a graduate of the Ontario Fire College, as well as diploma programs at Humber and Lambton Colleges. He also served eight years in the Canadian military with a focus on training others.

“Ryan brings an abundance of knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm to our community. Ryan is highly respected in the fire service and has extensive experience in training,” says North Huron Reeve Neil Vincent. “I am very pleased that he has accepted this appointment.”

Ladner will assume the position on April 1 after the official retirement of current Fire Chief David Sparling.

“Under Chief Sparling’s leadership, FDNH has become one of the most respected fire services in Ontario and it is my goal to continue with this success,” Ladner in a news release. “I am honored to accept this position and look forward to working with and supporting the volunteer firefighters that proudly serve the community.”

Ladner will be present at North Huron’s Council meeting Monday night, where the official appointment will take place.

Recently the position of director of fire and emergency services was revised and the responsibilities of the community emergency planning have been redefined.

This will allow the new fire chief additional time to focus on the fire department and the ESTC. Huron County will oversee emergency planning in cooperation with the lower tier municipalities.