Brantford Fire Chief Jeff McCormick Announces Retirement 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Manager Corporate Communications 
Phone: 519-759–4150 

After 30 years in public service, including the last six as Fire Chief, Jeff McCormick will retire from the Brantford Fire Department at the end of August 2016. The Chief has spent his entire career in the City of Brantford, starting in the suppression division as a recruit firefighter in 1986, working his way up the ranks. He went on to become a Fire Prevention Officer in 1998, a Chief Fire Prevention Officer and Deputy Fire Chief in 2010 and Fire Chief in 2011. Jeff also served on the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Board of Directors (OAFC) since 2014, most recently as one of four Vice-Presidents.

Jeff credits his uncle, who was a volunteer firefighter in Baden Ontario, for sparking his initial fascination with fire services. His visits to the fire station as a young boy stayed with him as a teen, leading to a research assignment where he interviewed Richard Ayers, a member of the Brantford Fire Department. Ayers’ exuberance inspired Jeff to pursue a career in fire service. Among Jeff’s mentors are former Chief Ross Bennett who was the training officer when he started his career as well as Former Chiefs Joe Simon and Garth Dix, whom Jeff succeeded. Jeff is grateful to Chiefs Bennett and Dix for encouraging him to develop his knowledge and skills and for leading by example with assertiveness and compassion.

Mayor Chris Friel expressed his appreciation for the role the Chief has played throughout his long career with the City stating, “Jeff’s dedication to service is a reflection of his commitment to the City and his team of firefighters. Thanks to his leadership the City is well positioned to meet the fire and emergency services demands of our growing community.”

Jo Atanas, General Manager of Public Health, Safety and Social Services praised Jeff’s passion and enthusiasm for fire services and commended him on his significant contribution to the OAFC adding, “Jeff is a dedicated leader who played a significant role in preparing the department and the community to effectively respond to major fires and emergencies.”

Asked to comment on his achievements, Jeff says the accomplishment he is proudest of was his work with a steering committee made up of representatives from fire, police, local children’s agencies, mental health providers and local school boards to initiate the Brant TAPP-C (The Arson Prevention Program for Children) in Brantford and Brant County in 2001. The Committee’s work has created a legacy program that has had a tremendous impact on reducing fire-setting behaviours of children and youth in our community.

The City of Brantford thanks Chief McCormick for his three decades of committed service and wishes him a healthy and happy retirement.

The City will begin the recruitment process to replace the Chief this week.