By Dianne Pinder-Moss
Perth’s new fire chief is a familiar face on the Perth Fire Department.
Following an in-camera session and the approval of a bylaw governing the appointment at a special meeting of Perth Town Council on Aug. 9, Mayor John Fenik announced that Trevor Choffe will succeed current chief Steve Fournier who is retiring at the end of September.
One of 16 applicants for the position from across Canada and among five interviewed, Choffe has been a volunteer with the fire department for nine years. He rotates as an officer on call and as a driver on call, as well as being part of the fire instructor team.
Choffe is currently president of the Perth Fire Fighters’ Association, a position he has held for seven years. He also served as secretary for two years.
“The hiring committee felt very strongly that this young man represents the future of the fire service in Perth,” said Fenik who along with Deputy Mayor John Gemmell were part of the selection process.
The mayor went on to say that he was excited to work with Choffe and welcomed him into his new role.
Reached by email, Choffe stated that he was “extremely honoured to be chosen as the Town of Perth’s next fire chief.”
“It will be a challenge to fill the boots of Chief Fournier but it is one I am ready for,” he said. “We have an excellent group of firefighters, which will help me transition into this new role.”
Choffe will officially start as fire chief on Sept. 12.