Fire Chief Retires from the Town of East Gwillimbury
Town of East Gwillimbury
Media Release
Emergency Services Chief to retire after 52 years service to York Region
Sharon ON (June 25, 2013) - After 52 years of service to the people of York Region, including 11 years as the chief of the Markham Fire and Emergency Services and 17 years as the Chief of the East Gwillimbury Emergency Services (EGES), Ken Beckett is retiring from the Town as of August 30, 2013.

“On behalf of the Town I want to thank Chief Beckett for his years of service and commitment to the residents and businesses of East Gwillimbury,” said Mayor Virginia Hackson. “Chief Beckett’s work was critical in enhancing our Emergency Services over the last 17 years.”

“I want to thank Chief Beckett for his service and dedication in helping improve fire safety for all he served. His foresight in succession planning and the recruitment of an experienced Deputy ensures a smooth transition for our Town and while he is leaving EGES, he advises that he will be staying involved in emergency services in Ontario,” said Thomas Webster, CAO. “We are pleased that Deputy Dawson will be assuming the role of Fire Chief and that Chief Beckett will be available until the end of the year in an advisory role.”

EGES Deputy Chief Phil Dawson, a 24 year fire fighter, including over 4 years as a Deputy Chief in Richmond Hill and the past year as the Deputy Chief at the EGES will assume the role of Fire Chief effective August 30, 2013.

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Ken Neale
Director of Communications