Burlington fire chief accepts provincial post

Burlington fire chief accepts provincial post.  Last day on job is Monday

Burlington fire chief accepts provincial post. Burlington Fire Chief Shayne Mintz leaves his post Monday to take on a new position as Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal for the Province of Ontario after just over three years on the job. Supplied Photo
“I certainly have not worked with a group of better firefighters. They come with their A game every single day.” – Chief Shayne Mintz

Burlington Fire Chief Shayne Mintz, on the job for just over three years, is moving on to a new position as he spends his final day on the job Monday.

The 56-year-old chief, a 34-year fire service veteran, will take on the job of Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal for the Province of Ontario, a post he will start in late May.

“It’s a good opportunity to strive out and look for some new challenges and it’s probably what I’m looking at it (new job) as,” said Mintz on Friday.

Mintz admitted he had planned to spend three to five years as chief in Burlington when he came to the city in January 2009 after spending 10 years as deputy chief in Markham. He said he will have 35 years in the fire service come November after beginning his career in North York in 1977.

The opportunity to work out of the Fire Marhal’s office was too good to pass up, said Mintz. In his new position, he’ll be overseeing fire protection services in various municipalities across the province.

“I’ll have a team of people that will be working with me, that will advise communities about what they need to do about proper and adequate fire protection and fire safety in their various communities,” said Mintz.

The Meaford, Ontario native said he’s enjoyed his three years as chief, saying of his staff, “I certainly have not worked with a group of better firefighters. They come with their A game every single day.”

He also paid tribute to the successes of the department over the past year, saying, “we’ve had a lot of support from many people.

“I’m very proud of the things that we as a team have accomplished, the new fire station at Station 8, the number of firefighters we’ve hired at that station, the council support at committing to renovating the fire headquarters which is huge, likewise with our renovations at Station No. 4.”

Mintz did admit to being disappointed at not being able to hire more firefighters during budget discussions earlier this spring, but admitted it was a tough decision for council and one that was not unexpected.

“Disappointed yeah, but I understand fully the challenges. The one thing that I would have been distressed by was if there would have been any reduction in service levels and there wasn’t,” said Mintz.

He said he hoped that he left the fire department, “in a better state than when you found it, kind of like the camper’s motto, better than when you found it.”

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