Oakville appoints “forward thinking” leader as new Deputy Fire Chief

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Published October 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm

The Town of Oakville named Andrew Boys as the new Deputy Fire Chief of Training and Emergency Management. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

Oakville’s new Deputy Fire Chief is a “forward thinking, strategic leader.”

The Town of Oakville named Andrew Boys as the new Deputy Fire Chief of Training and Emergency Management.

Boys, who officially began his new role on Thursday, has more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in the fire service, emergency management, and training.

Most recently, he held the position of Divisional Chief – Fire Training with the City of Brampton and led the overall strategy for training and development of fire and emergency services staff.

“Andrew Boys’ involvement in all aspects of fire and emergency services will be a great asset to our amazing team,” said Oakville Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault. “He is a forward thinking, strategic leader that is committed to supporting our team’s work in continuous growth and overall excellence.”

Boys also held the position of Division Chief – Fire Communications with the City of Brampton,  where he helped develop the fire communications dispatch services for Peel Region.

He also worked with the Emergency Management division for the City of Brampton towards program development and training to ensure annual compliance with the Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management (OFMEM) requirements.

Previous to that, Boys worked for the Town of Caledon where he was one of the original committee members assigned to the Large Urban 12 Fire Services Deputy Chiefs working group with a depth of knowledge for training and professional standards program development.

Boys has completed a number of OFMEM certifications and is also an approved provincial evaluator for Academic Standards and Evaluations.

“Council extends a warm welcome to Andrew Boys to the Town of Oakville, ” said Mayor Rob Burton.  “He is an accomplished fire service professional with an inclusive leadership style and we look forward to working with him to serve our community.”

Boys duties as the new Deputy Chief will include overseeing training and emergency management within the department and assist in implementing the new Fire Master Plan.

He also has experience in technology initiatives with large communications organizations and will also be instrumental in training and stakeholder engagement to advance the fire department’s strategic digital enhancements.

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