In a significant development for the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley, Jeff Sargent has been appointed as the new fire chief, marking a pivotal moment in the community’s fire and emergency services.
The official commencement of his role is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 5, 2024.
Sargent has a background in the private sector and a 28-year tenure with Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire & Emergency Services (EKFD). He has been a dedicated and influential figure within the department, the township noted in a release dated Jan. 19.
Mayor Brant Burrow expressed his enthusiasm for the appointment, stating, “I would like to congratulate Captain Sargent on his upcoming appointment to fire chief of our esteemed fire department. As a life-long resident of the township and with his dedication and commitment to our residents and community, as well as to the fire profession, we are proud to call him one of our own. Council and I were unanimous in our decision and are thrilled to make this announcement today.”
Sargent, who has served as a volunteer member of EKFD since January 1996 and held the position of Captain since 2006, has recently provided support as the Acting Deputy Fire Chief. His deep-rooted connection to the community and forward-thinking leadership have been evident throughout his service, the release noted.
“As a township resident (born and raised) and a long-time member of EKFD, I am enthusiastic about this opportunity and look forward to continuing to serve my community in this role,” Sargent said. “Thank you to the mayor, council, staff, and our members for placing their trust in me with this important role, and to my family for their endless support.”
Administrator (CAO)/Clerk Leslie Drynan emphasized the Township’s commitment to talent development, stating, “I am delighted to have Jeff accept the role of fire chief. His transition into this new role reflects our commitment to nurturing and promoting talent. With extensive experience in the fire service, coupled with his proven leadership capabilities, Sargent is well equipped to lead our department into the future.”
Drynan expressed confidence in Sargent’s ability. “I am confident that he and our team of dedicated fire service personnel will not only continue to uphold the core values that underpin past successes but also drive progress to ensure that challenges are met, and opportunities are realized – all in service to the community.”
As fire chief, Sargent will assume responsibility for the overall management and operation of the township’s volunteer Fire & Emergency Services Department. This includes administration, fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency response, training, fire code enforcement, and public education/community relations, in accordance with the policies and procedures adopted by Council and consistent with the provisions contained within the Ontario Fire Protection and Prevention Act. The role also involves providing leadership and technical expertise regarding the development and implementation of service levels, policies, and long-range strategies, as well as overseeing operating and capital budgets.