Mississippi Mills loses fire chief to Prince Edward County

Chad Brown will now be fighting fires in Prince Edward County.

Just over two years into his role as fire chief with the Mississippi Mills Fire Department (MMFD), Brown has moved on. He began his new position as fire chief in Prince Edward County Dec. 6, where he oversees 10 halls and nearly 150 full-time and volunteer firefighters.

However, he was back before Mississippi Mills council Dec. 7 to see through the overhaul he undertook on the municipality’s emergency response plan.

“One of the primary goals before I left was that if something was to happen this spring, everybody would be well suited and be able to handle an emergency within what we’ve done here in the plan,” Brown stated. “It’s a very proud moment.”

In September, the municipality hired Loomex Group to review and update its emergency management program, including the emergency response plan.

Mayor Christa Lowry credited Brown for his efforts on behalf of the municipality, not only as the fire chief but community emergency management co-ordinator for the Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG). She said he provided invaluable support during the pandemic.

“It’s strange not to call you Chief Brown anymore. I just want to thank you for your tremendous leadership to the fire department and throughout the organization,” she stated. “Your efforts, your experience, your expertise is greatly appreciated. On behalf of council, I’d like to wish you well on your next chapter. It’s certainly a very exciting post and we’re thrilled for you.”

“Chief Brown, we will really, really miss you,” added Coun. Jan Maydan. “Thank you for everything you’ve done.”

A volunteer firefighter since 1993, Brown has more than 25 years in the industry and has also spent time as an instructor with the Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy. He was hired as MMFD chief in Sept. 2019. Before arriving in Mississippi Mills, he served as deputy chief with Peterborough Fire Services.

Deputy Chief Mike Williams is currently serving as acting fire chief of the department.


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