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North Huron to Appoint Ryan Ladner as Director of Fire and Emergency Services

Friday March 17th, 2017


March 17th, 2017


Chief Ladner brings with him 15 years of experience working with Fire Departments in the City of Mississauga, Township of Puslinch and the Town of Erin. Ladner has focused his career on mentoring others. He is a graduate of Humber and Lambton Colleges as well as the Ontario Fire College. To complement his Fire Service experience and education, Ryan has also dedicated 8 years to the Canadian Military with a focus on training others. Chief Ladner’s strong background in training will be an asset to the Emergency Services Training Centre (ESTC).

“Ryan brings an abundance of knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm to our community. Ryan is highly respected in the Fire Service and has extensive experience in training. I am very pleased that he has accepted this appointment”, said North Huron Reeve Neil Vincent.

Ladner will assume the position on April 1st after the official retirement of current Fire Chief David Sparling. Chief Sparling announced his retirement in January and has been working part-time to ensure the community is well protected until Ladner can begin. Ladner’s initial focus will be on the ESTC and developing new training programs to increase the success of the facility. Recently the position of Director of Fire and Emergency Services was revised and the responsibilities of the Community Emergency Planning have been redefined. This will allow the new Fire Chief additional time to focus on the Fire Department and the ESTC. Huron County will oversee Emergency Planning in cooperation with the lower tier municipalities, enhancing the cohesiveness of emergency planning efforts in the community.

“Under Chief Sparling’s leadership, FDNH has become one of the most respected fire services in Ontario and it is my goal to continue with this success. I am honored to accept this position and look forward to working with and supporting the volunteer firefighters that proudly serve the community.” – Newly appointed Fire Chief Ryan Ladner.

Ladner will be present at North Huron’s Council meeting on Monday, March 20th, where the official appointment will take place.