Napanee fire chief joins Kingston Fire & Rescue
Napanee fire chief joins Kingston Fire & Rescue
September 11, 2017
Kingston Whig-Standard
Article by: Steph Crosier
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Kingston Fire and Rescue’s new Deputy Chief Kevin Donaldson.

Supplied Photo Kingston Fire and Rescue’s new Deputy Chief Kevin Donaldson.

There’ll be a new commute for Kingston Fire and Rescue’s new deputy chief starting next month.
Kevin Donaldson will be leaving his position as general manager and fire chief at the Greater Napanee Fire Department and starting in Kingston on Oct. 2.
“Donaldson brings more than 20 years of fire service experience to our team,” Kingston fire Chief Shawn Armstrong said in a news release. “He’s a motivator with an interest and ability in the professional development of firefighters.”
The Ernestown Secondary School graduate started his firefighting career as a volunteer with the Stone Mills Township Fire Department in 1995, following in the footsteps of his father, who was also a firefighter. Working his way up the ranks in Stone Mills, Donaldson became deputy fire chief there in 2011, managing 100 firefighters out of four stations.
In 2014, he made the move to Napanee to become deputy fire chief and then chief in 2015. While leading and financially managing the town’s emergency services department, he also oversaw a co-ordinated training plan and managed the co-ordination of the driver certification program.
Despite all of his experience, Donaldson firmly believes in professional development and lifelong learning, which is why he is enrolled in Humber College’s fire service executive management certificate program. The program was created by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and Humber College for senior leadership within fire departments.
“I want to build on my abilities and my knowledge, I’m a strong believer in life studies and continuing education,” Donaldson said. “It’s a way for me to continue learning.”
Donaldson said his family — Cara, his wife of 26 years, and son Kyle, 21 — plan to stay where they are living for now, but ultimately want to end up on a lake north of Kingston. The lake is likely to fill Donaldson’s love of fishing.
“My son and I go quite often,” Donaldson said. “We’re always looking for people to take with us.”
Donaldson said he enjoys plays ball every so often but also loves hockey. In addition to playing, he is a Level II trainer for the Stone Mills and Loyalist townships’ minor hockey associations.
Donaldson admits he loves Napanee, saying his time there has been fantastic. Coming to Kingston, he is looking forward to working with a larger department in an ever-growing community.
“I looking forward to new ideas; they run a very progressive, professional department,” Donaldson said. “There’s always something going on in Kingston. It’s a very attractive community to work for. The people at Kingston Fire and Rescue are very knowledgeable and professional.”