Renfrew fire chief to help with Whitewater Region
Renfrew fire chief to help with Whitewater Region
August 31, 2017
Renfrew Mercury
Article by: Tiffany Lepack
 
Renfrew Fire Chief Guy Longtin
 
It’s the neighbourly way.
 
Renfrew Fire Chief Guy Longtin will be providing the services of an acting fire chief for the Township of Whitewater Region for approximately three to five months.
 
“It’s good that we can help our neighbours this way,” said Longtin on Aug. 28. “The future of a regional fire service needs to be looked at and I am a strong advocate of a borderless fire service.”

Renfrew Reeve Peter Emon says that there is no initiative at the County of Renfrew level to consolidate fire services, as it is a municipal responsibility, but agrees this is a good partnership.
 
“I think it’s a good thing when one township needs assistance and there will be compensation,” said Emon. “The chief as our administrative model does not necessary have to be the incident commander.”
 
As to the time away from Renfrew, he is confident his staff will be able to handle the duties.
 
“It’s going to take some of my time from here. With the staff I have, the captains can well look after Renfrew if I am out of town,” said Longtin.
 
The motion was approved during the regular Renfrew council meeting on Aug. 22 and confirmed by the Township of Whitewater the following night.
 
Under the agreement, Longtin will provide a minimum of 30 hours a month to Whitewater Region and they will pay the Town of Renfrew $3,000 a month, which includes an administration fee.
 
The report provided to council stated the fire chief and the deputy fire chief for the township of Whitewater Region resigned their respective positions in July and they were left with no management at the top end.
 
The Fire Protection and Prevention Act specifies that a municipality with a fire department must have a fire chief.