City of Niagara Falls appoints new Fire Chief

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Niagara Falls, ON, July 14, 2016 - The City of Niagara Falls is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Boutilier as the new Fire Chief, effective immediately.

Jim Boutilier began his emergency service career as a Niagara paramedic and has a long and impressive history in the Niagara Falls fire service, becoming a career firefighter in 1989 and advancing to the positions of Training Officer and Director of Training. He was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in 2013, and served under former Fire Chief Lee Smith, who recently retired after 28 years of distinguished service.

In his new role, Chief Boutilier will oversee all full time and volunteer Fire Department operations, including fire prevention/ inspection, training, communications, and suppression as well as administration.

“I look forward to this new challenge, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the City of Niagara Falls’ exceptional team of professional and volunteer firefighters in their commitment to providing world class emergency and fire prevention service to our community,” says Chief Boutilier.

“Jim has shown leadership and professionalism in his role as Deputy Fire Chief and I know he will excel in his role as Fire Chief” added Chief Administrative Officer Ken Todd. “The impressive career experience and accomplishments Jim brings to his new role will ensure continued excellence in the provision of fire services to our community.”

For more information, contact:

Trent Dark Director of Human Resources
City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905-356-7521 ext. 4237

Posted on: 7/14/2016 11:33 AM - Category: Media Releases