A Brief History of the Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire Department
From the very beginning to the Present
Our township is located along the St. Lawrence River and our municipality surrounds the City of Brockville, Ontario Canada. We amalgamated with our neighboring township of Kitley on January 1st, 2001 and are now the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley and cover an area of 590 sq kilometers. We have 3 fire stations with 1 full time Fire Chief, 1 full time Administrative Assistant and 1 part time Fire Prevention Officer, along with 60 volunteer firefighters. We house 4 Tankers, 4 Pumpers, 3 Rescue units, 1 Medical Van, and 2 Club Cab Trucks.
Elizabethtown Fire Department was established in 1963 at 26 Main St. W. in the Village of Lyn, a second station was a converted two bay garage. Kitley Fire Department was established in the Village of Frankville in 1965.
The following is historical information on both Elizabethtown and Kitley Fire Departments
- Who were the first members of each fire department, Elizabethtown & Kitley?
Dave McCrady-Chief Earle Miller-DC Arnold Ladd Ivan Cross
George Williams Herb Simpson Frank Willows William Murray
George Bycroft Cliff Churchill Gerald Coon Ron Flood
Allan Hanna Don Jowett Ron Murphy Alf McDonald
Norm Reynolds Don Toohey Don White Frank VanDusen
Eddy Casselman, Clarence Hoare, Don Toohey, Frank Willows, Doug Jowett, Matt Bonokoski, Herb Dewar, Jack Darling, Bill Gaskell, Huge McClintock, Don Mott, Roy Bradley, Bill Empey, Ron Cross, Joe Cirtwell
Gerald E. Moran- Chief Gib Johnston Charlie Smith Garnet Baker
Borden Armstrong Ray Bennett James Dawson Arthur Ferguson
Allan Mercier Gerald Sands Doug Bryan James Rae J.R.
Victor Johnston Guy Johnston Marshall Davidson Ray Ireland
Gordie Brundige Ronald Eaton Basil Beaupre Gerald Lawson
Earl Sands Gerald Mercier Gerald S. Moran Jack Wilkinson
Ken Baker Jack Hanton
- Who were the Fire chiefs of each fire department, Elizabethtown & Kitley?
Elizabethtown- Dave McCrady 1963-1967
George Williams 1967-1979
Don White 1979-1989
Jim Donovan 1989-2001
Kitley- Gerald E. Moran 1965-1967
Ray Ireland 1967-1989
Ken Baker 1989-2001
Elizabethtown –Kitley Jim Donovan 2001- Present
- Who are the fire chiefs today, and their role and duties?
Fire Chief Jim Donovan, Deputy Fire Chief Andy Guilboard
A chief (and/or his/her designate) is the person who is ultimately responsible to Council and is appointed to deliver Fire Protection Services as set out by the municipality for the residents. They are also appointed by the Province to enforce the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and the Ontario Fire Code.
The 2017 Fire fighters are, –Barb Brownell – Fire Administration 1995-present
Doug Andress Daniel Ashe Randy Beaupre Gerry Bell
Brad Buchanan Rachel Bond Cody Burridge Donna Carty Dillon Champagne Lisa Charbonneau Jesse Dentz Mike Dunster Derrick Empey Tom Evans Adam Findlay Andrew Flood Gary Foster Dave Goguen Steven Goguen Paul Gordon Andy Guilboard Ryan Healey Aaron Heidemann Steve Helmus Derrik Hill Matt Huskinson Bill Johnston Michael Jonker Alfred Kelly Tyler Knapp David Laliberte Brian Lawson Dakota Layng Nathan Leclair David Loney Andrew Malanka Dylan Maud Alan Merkley Steve Moore Dan Noel Brian Normandin Chris Paul Zack Paul Pascal Peladeau
Eric Perrin Jeremy Renkema Michael Rowntree Jeff Sargent Chad Scott Matt Shaw Tim Slusarchuk Gerry Smith
Jeff Smith Matthew Spencer Jamie St. Pierre Owen Stevens
Scott Tedford Tim Tedford Brian Triemstra Mark Weldon Cory Wilson Matt Worden Michael Yates
- Number of fire and rescue call per year?
Approximately 210 calls per year
- What is the average number of hours spent attending fire and rescue call per year?
Total Hours for 2016- 9,503
- How many hours are spent in training per year?
Training Hours for 2016 – 3,723.5 hours
- List the awards the department has won locally, regional, provincially?
Extrication Team- The team was established in 1999 and since has competed in 13 regional competitions and 5 international competitions.
In 2008 the extrication team hosted the Eastern Ontario Extrication Competition in Frankville.
Fire Fit Team – Riverfest 2008-Placing First. 2008 Ingleside – Fastest Relay Team
2008 – Canadian Nationals- Fastest Volunteer Relay in Canada
- What Fund-raising activities dose the fire department do? and what do they use the money for?
Fund Raising – Chicken BBQ, Fish Fry, MD Boot Drive
Fire Fighter’s Association
Both, the Elizabethtown and the Kitley Fire Fighter Associations still actively fund raise to assist in the purchasing of equipment, sponsoring local youth recreation activities and donating to local charities (MD). They participated in parades throughout the Counties again this year.
- What is the fire department Mission Statement/Motto?
The primary mission of the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire & Emergency Services is to provide a range of programs to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants of the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley from the adverse effects of fires, sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature.
Our Family, Helping Yours
The above information was provided by the Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire Department