‘Transformational leader’ Rajgopalan named Oakville Fire Department’s new Deputy Chief


Published August 10, 2021 at 4:18 pm


Kalpana Rajgopalan is the new Oakville Deputy Fire Chief, Training and Prevention.

Rajgopalan received official approval for the position from Mayor Rob Burton and Oakville Town Council on Monday night.

Rajgopalan replaces former Oakville Deputy Fire Chief Monique Blair who was named Belleville’s first female fire chief at the end of June.

“Council looks forward to working with Deputy Chief Kalpana Rajgopalan!,” Burton tweeted out on Tuesday. “Welcome to @oakvillefire and our #Oakville community #OFDPride.”

Oakville Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault said he was “extremely proud” to announce on Twitter that Rajgopalan had been approved Rajgopalan for the position.

“(She’s) a transformational leader with great experience, vision, work ethic and personal approach,” tweeted Boissonneault in praising his new Deputy Chief. “Welcome Kalpana.”

Rajgopalan has spent the last four month as the Associate Director, Public Health for the City of Toronto.

In April of 2018, Rajgopalan joined the Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services where she worked for three years as the department’s new assistant chief of professional development and accreditation.

Rajgopalan has varied experience in emergency services having served as the manager of academic standards and evaluation with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), where she was responsible for the unit that managed professional standards and training in the Ontario fire service.

She has also worked for Emergency Management Ontario for eight years as a program manager for emergency management training.

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