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Whitewater names new fire chief

By Pembroke Daily Observer

The Township of Whitewater Region administrative building in Cobden

The Township of Whitewater Region administrative building in Cobden

Whitewater Region has a new fire chief.

 

On Friday, the township of Whitewater Region announced Jonathan Wilker will be joining the staff team on Nov. 27, 2017 as Fire Chief/CEMC.

Wilker has experience working in a composite fire department within the city of Ottawa as a rural station captain and as an acting rural sector chief, managing six rural stations and 150 firefighters. He is a project manager with more than 25 years of instructional and coaching experience.

Wilker is skilled in initiation, development and delivery of specialized firefighter training and operating procedures, as well as a certified pump ops Trainer, ISFSI Instructor with specialized training in auto extrication and emergency management systems.

“We welcome Mr. Wilker to Whitewater Region to lead a dedicated and experienced team of fire fighters who keep our township safe,” said Whitewater Region Mayor Hal Johnson.

Coun. Charlene Jackson, chairwoman of Fire and Emergency Services, said Whitewater Region also thanks Renfrew for agreeing to assist the township during the transition in leadership with Guy Longtin serving as acting fire chief since August 2017.

Robert Tremblay, township CAO/clerk, said he looks forward to working with Jonathan as part of the management staff as the township continues to provide effective and efficient fire services for the residents.