Township of South Frontenac - Fire Honourees

For Immediate Release:

Sydenham, ON: On January 28th, 2020, South Frontenac Council formally recognized the South Frontenac Fire and Rescue Firefighters who have recently retired from dedicated service and those who have achieved service medals and bars for their years of exemplary service.

“It is not often that Council Chambers is left without an empty seat,” said Mayor Vandewal when referring to the full house on Tuesday night. “South Frontenac is a safer place because of these individuals – Council enjoys having the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your dedicated service to this community.”

Astonishingly, the honourees represent 273 years of combined fire service. The 13 firefighters being honoured consisted of 6 retirements and 7 long service awards. “I can’t say enough when it comes to recognizing SFFR volunteers and fire service personnel in general” said Fire Chief Knott, “I speak for all SFFR personnel when I say it has been an honour working with each of our retirees, and I look forward to many more years working alongside our other long service recipients. We have a great compliment of firefighters in South Frontenac, and each of you contribute to the high quality of service that this department provides.”

It was only a few months ago that South Frontenac Fire & Rescue welcomed 24 new firefighters to their ranks at a graduation for new recruits on November 27, 2019. “Recognizing our long serving volunteers and celebrating new recruits are important elements of building South Frontenac’s fire service. Our vision is to become a benchmark volunteer fire department and that cannot happen unless we take the time to honour those who have dedicated their lives to protecting life and property in South Frontenac,” explained Chief Knott.

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For more information contact:
Fire Chief Darcy Knott
Director of Fire & Emergency Services
Township of South Frontenac.
613-376-3027 ext.2234 

About South Frontenac Fire & Rescue: SFFR is a hybrid force with 110 volunteer fire fighters. With 8 fire stations located throughout the township, and 36 apparatus, SFFR volunteer fire fighters help to protect 18,646 residents and over 941 sq. km. of beautiful landscape. These individuals spend their time responding to calls relating to fires, medical emergencies, and various other situations that require their assistance.

About the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal: Created on August 29, 1985, the Fire Services Exemplary Medal honours members of a recognized Canadian fire service who have completed 20 years of service, ten years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risks, and were employed on or after the date of creation of the Medal. Exemplary service is characterized by good conduct, dedication and efficiency.


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