Building Safer Communities
Ontario Combining Emergency Management Ontario, Office of the Fire Marshal
August 15, 2013
Ontario is combining Emergency Management Ontario and the Office of the Fire Marshal into one organization called the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, which will be dedicated to promoting safer communities.
This new, integrated organization will strengthen the co-ordination and delivery of community safety programs, without impacting front-line services. The new office will:
The office will be located in the new state-of-the-art Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex in Toronto, which is opening in fall 2013.
Enhancing the way community safety programs and services are delivered is part of the Ontario government's plan to create safe communities and a fair society.
“The integration of emergency management and fire prevention, protection and investigation will modernize the way we deliver community safety programs and services. It will support public safety and provide a coordinated level of service to Ontarians and communities facing emergencies.”
— Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
“I am very pleased to be given this opportunity to lead emergency management and fire safety services, which are so vital to fostering and maintaining public safety in Ontario. I look forward to consulting with staff and our many partners to ensure a smooth and successful implementation, one that preserves the current level of service and delivers it more efficiently.”
— Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek, Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management Ontario
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