Top fire chief in Ontario is in Mississauga


Published June 8, 2023 at 11:32 am

Mississauga Fire Chief Deryn Rizzi has been named tops in her field in Ontario. (Photo: City of Mississauga)

Mississauga Fire Chief Deryn Rizzi has been named tops in the field across Ontario for her and her department’s fire prevention efforts.

Rizzi received the Fire Chief of the Year Award last night (June 7) from the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association (OMFPOA) at a ceremony in London.

The award recognizes the significant contributions both Rizzi and Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) have made to the prevention of fire and public education of life safety in the community, City of Mississauga officials said in a news release.

“I’m humbled to receive this award. However, it really belongs to the entire MFES Fire Prevention and Risk Reduction team,” said Rizzi. “It acknowledges their exceptional commitment to fire and life safety, fire prevention, enforcement initiatives and public education. Their tireless efforts and dedication have made a significant impact on the community and it is really the team that deserves the utmost appreciation and recognition.”

City officials say Mississauga residents are in good hands when it comes to fire prevention strategies, thanks to the fire chief and her team.

“Chief Rizzi and the entire MFES team work tirelessly to promote fire safety and prevent tragic incidents. She continually demonstrates a commitment to the well-being of the community and a proactive approach to fire safety,” said Mississauga City Manager Shari Lichterman.

City officials say fire prevention and enforcement, and public education are key areas of focus for the Fire Prevention and Risk Reduction team.

Some of the initiatives currently underway include:

  • a rigorous inspection program that helps ensure buildings, both resident and commercial, comply with the Ontario Fire Code
  • conducting thorough inspections, identifying potential hazards and enforcing compliance
  • raising awareness and instilling fire-safe behaviours in the community through programs, fire safety seminars and educational campaigns including outreach to schools, community organizations and business, and providing them with crucial information on fire prevention, evacuation procedures and the proper use of fire extinguishers

The OMFPOA awards promote and recognize those in the community that have gone above and beyond in the area of fire prevention in Ontario.

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