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Elizabethtown-Kitley announces new deputy fire chief

Mike Rowntree is the new deputy fire chief for Elizabethtown-Kitley. – Submitted photo

Elizabethtown-Kitley Township has announced the appointment of Mike Rowntree as the new deputy fire chief/fire prevention officer, effective early April. Rowntree, a native of the Township, brings extensive experience and a modern leadership approach from his private sector background and nearly a decade of service with Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire & Emergency Services (EKFD).

Fire Chief Jeff Sargent expressed his congratulations, stating, “I look forward to welcoming Captain Rowntree to his new role. I know he will be an invaluable asset to the residents of Elizabethtown-Kitley and future generations of firefighters for many years to come.”

Rowntree, who has volunteered with EKFD since 2015 and attained the rank of Captain in 2020, is committed to enhancing fire safety in the community. He aims to prioritize fire prevention and education to ensure a safer environment for all residents.

“Thank you to CAO Drynan, chief sargent, council and our members for placing trust in me for this role. Born and raised in this community, I am proud to take on a leadership position to continue success for the fire service and Township,” said Rowntree. “I look forward to fostering new and existing relationships throughout the community with fire prevention and education as a primary objective.”

Leslie Drynan, CAO/Clerk, commended EKFD’s commitment to fire prevention and public safety.

“Under the leadership of Chief Jeff Sargent our fire department has made tremendous strides forward in the past few months, both from an operational and workplace culture perspective,” Drynan said. “We are truly fortunate to be able to benefit from Captain Rowntree’s calm, empathetic servant leadership style, his technical trade background including code and legislative compliance, his keen and passionate interest in serving his community as well as his well-rounded knowledge of the fire service. He is pure joy in human form; such a well deserving promotion.”

The role of deputy fire chief/fire prevention officer involves assisting the fire chief in overall leadership, management, and administration of the fire department. Responsibilities include public education on fire safety, fire code enforcement, emergency management, and assisting with fire investigations.

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