Kingston Fire & Rescue announces Melanie Jones as new Deputy Chief
Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) has named its newest Deputy Fire Chief—Melanie Jones!
“We are thrilled to have such a quality candidate and leader to fill this role,” says Chief Shawn Armstrong. “Jones’ years of diverse experience, passion for the job, and forward-looking thinking make her the perfect fit.”
Jones joined Kingston’s fire service 26 years ago, rising through the ranks from Firefighter to Captain. In 2013, she was promoted to the position of Chief Training Officer. She will hold this role until end of day on July 19, at which point she will transition into her position as Deputy Fire Chief.
Deputy Chief Jones holds an advanced diploma in Public Administration from Ryerson University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Calgary.
Aside from her credentials, she has also helped to build important partnerships in the community over the years.
“Jones is committed to her colleagues and to her community. Since joining the ranks at KFR, she has built numerous strategic partnerships that benefit both the fire service and our residents,” says Armstrong.
“We look forward to Deputy Chief Jones’ continued success in her new role with our team at Kingston Fire & Rescue,” adds Armstrong.
As for her take on the new position, Jones’ says she’s looking forward to the challenge and the continued opportunity to serve the community.
“I’m very happy and looking forward to continuing to work with the men and women of Kingston Fire & Rescue as well as our community! I hope I can support our staff and help lead by encouraging diversity and progress, as things move and change through the fire service,” says Jones.