Port Fire Chief receives Fire Chief of the Year Award

Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services Chief Tom Cartwright has been named OMFPOA Fire Chief of the Year. Photo supplied

Port Colborne’s Fire and Emergency Services Chief Tom Cartwright has received top honours for his fire prevention and public education initiatives.

The Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association named Cartwright as the recipient of the Fire Chief of the Year Award recently.

“Chief Cartwright has a distinguished career in the fire service, but most recently, after the fatal fire in December 2016, he has led incredible work on fire prevention in the city to ensure our residents are safe,” said Scott Luey, Chief Administrative Officer in a City of Port Colborne press release. “We are fortunate in Port Colborne to have Chief Cartwright’s leadership advocating for fire prevention, alongside fire department personnel, including Deputy Chief, Mike Bendia, Fire Prevention Officer, Scott Lawson, Executive Assistant Catherine Moyer, and Corporate Communications Officer, Michelle Cuthbert”.

Highlights of some of Cartwright’s fire prevention and public initiatives include: in service inspection program for multi-residential buildings, utilizing volunteer firefighters for a door-to-door smoke alarm campaign in rural Port Colborne and full time firefighters for the campaign in the urban area, a donation program to help provide smoke alarms for low income families, a school poster competition promoting fire safety which includes citizen voting on social media, participated in the Swing into Summer Safety, Safe at Home and 12 Days of Christmas campaigns, and has encouraged community partners to help in funding several fire prevention initiatives.

Chief Cartwright will be accepting the award Wednesday June 13/2018 at the OMFPOA Training and Educational Symposium in Windsor, ON.




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