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New chief of fire and rescue for Kingston

November 4, 2015 –

The City of Kingston is pleased to announce that Shawn Armstrong will assume the role of chief, fire and rescue services, effective December 1, 2015.

Armstrong comes to Kingston with more than 27 years of experience in emergency services as well as management of the full scope of fire operations including strategic plan development, budget and business administration, emergency management and response, fire prevention and education, and risk management. He began his fire services career as a firefighter with the City of Cambridge. He was hired as deputy fire chief for the City of Guelph in 1995 and became fire chief in 1997, a position that he currently holds.

In latter role, Armstrong is responsible for emergency planning, emergency medical services (EMS) and the operations of the Guelph Fire Department. He has led the City to become one of only four organizations in Canada to achieve internationally recognized accreditation status, Certified Fire Service Accreditation, (CRAI) affiliated with the International Standards Organization (ISO).

He is looking forward to his new role in the City of Kingston and will be relocating to Kingston with his family.

"The opportunity to serve in a community as beautiful as Kingston is both exciting and humbling," Armstrong said. "The City of Kingston and Kingston Fire and Rescue have a proud heritage and tradition of dedicated service in the community. I'm really looking forward to contributing to important strategic initiatives with the corporate and senior management teams while I work with the entire team at Kingston Fire and Rescue."

Armstrong replaces Rhéaume Chaput who retired earlier this year.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.