South Dundas Fire Chief takes over emergency management

Following the resignation of Bill Shearing from the role of Emergency Management Coordinator for South Dundas, municipal officials went looking for someone to take over the position, and it turns out they didn’t have to look far.

Chris McDonough, fire chief for South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services, will take on an additional role, starting in the new year.

In this role, McDonough is responsible for coordinating the emergency management program.

In the event of an emergency, it is the emergency management coordinator that consults with the municipality.

In situations like the 1998 ice storm, the emergency management coordinator consults with municipal officials on the declaration of a state of emergency. Emergency training efforts and emergency preparedness are also part of this role.

South Dundas did contract and pay for Emergency Management Services provided by Shearing. With these services assumed by a municipal employee, that employee will receive no additional compensation, according to South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald.

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