Rideau Lakes welcomes new Fire Chief Gene Richardson

Fire Chief Gene Richardson
Fire Chief Gene Richardson. Photo credit: Submitted.
Posted on: January 22, 2024

The Township of Rideau Lakes is pleased to announce that Gene Richardson has been selected as Fire Chief and will begin on February 12, 2024.

In his 30th year of fire service, Richardson comes to Rideau Lakes from the Township of Lanark Highlands, where he served for 4 years. Previously Richardson volunteered with Drummond North Elmsley Tay Valley Fire Department for 25 years at the B.B.D.&E. fire station in Perth. Over the years, he has held positions of firefighter, apparatus operator, Captain and Fire Chief.

As Fire Chief for the municipality of Lanark Highlands, Richardson took on the overall management and operations of the fire service for a geographic area of 1048 Sq. Kms, four fire stations and 66 volunteer firefighters. Richardson’s knowledge of fire suppression techniques and apparatus, fire sciences, fire safety principles, theories, techniques, methods, and practices has been acquired firsthand while attending fire calls and through his education at the Ontario Fire College. Matched with a series of qualifications from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), this knowledge prepared Richardson to deliver training programs to groups across Ontario. 

Comfortable in a position of leadership, Gene Richardson served as a Municipal Councillor in Tay Valley Township from 2018-2022, which provided Richardson with experience in budget and bylaw procedures, and an in-depth understanding of municipal government policy. Richardson is in a good position to serve the community of Rideau Lakes with insight into the municipal process as a resident, a Councillor, and as a member of senior management within a municipality.

Mayor Arie Hoogenboom expressed that, “On behalf of the Township, we are pleased to welcome Gene Richardson as our new Fire Chief, and that we can continue to offer uninterrupted fire services to the residents of Rideau Lakes.” 

Continuous fire service was made possible by the work of Interim Fire Chief Mark McFalls, who was appointed on January 2, 2024. With over 15 years of experience, McFalls has worked with Rideau Lakes since 2019 in the positions of Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Consultant and Training Consultant. Previous experience with neighbouring municipalities includes Assistant Fire Chief, Assistant Lieutenant, Fire Prevention Officer and Firefighter.

The Township of Rideau Lakes would like to sincerely thank Mark McFalls for his efforts to ensure the continuation of fire services as Interim Fire Chief this year.

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