Central York Fire Services this week announced that Jeremy Inglis will step into the deputy fire chief role effective July 20, 2020.
Inglis comes to the local fire service that serves Newmarket and Aurora with experience in private and public sector organizations. He is a certified incident safety officer, a director with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, and currently serves as an alternate community emergency management coordinator.
Inglis will lead the service’s fire prevention division and will be heavily involved with the construction of the new fire station in Aurora, the budget process, fleet, equipment, facility procurement and maintenance.
Those duties complement his achievements, which includes the work he does in the prevention of human trafficking and victim services.
“Jeremy has experience in career, composite and volunteer fire departments, most recently coming from Fort Erie, where he has reflected an unmatched commitment to serving the community and its most vulnerable citizens,” the statement said.
Academically, Inglis has a mechanical engineering technology diploma, numerous qualifications and certificates in various National Fire Protection Association disciplines, and leadership training. He is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Given Inglis’s experience with the suppression side of the fire service, as well as the support services side, he will initially join the team in the support services portfolio.
As a result, deputy chief Rocco Volpe will take over the lead role of the operations division of the service and transition his current role over to Inglis once he is on board.
Outgoing deputy fire chief Robert Comeau retired on June 30, 2020, with more than 35 years of service.
Deputy Comeau started with the Aurora fire department in 1986 and has served with the amalgamated Central York Fire Services for Aurora and Newmarket.
“Our thanks go out to Deputy Comeau for extending his retirement date to support the service during the initial stages of the pandemic while the search process for a new deputy was completed,” officials said in a statement.