Fanshawe's School of Public Safety is pleased to announce that Brantford Fire Department chief, Jeff McCormick, will join the College as the coordinator of its new Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program.
Chief McCormick has spent 30 years with the Brantford Fire Department, serving the last six as chief. He has also served on the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) Board of Directors since 2014 and is one of four vice-presidents. McCormick is a recognized leader in fire prevention in Ontario, having chaired a joint fire prevention committee bringing together chiefs, deputy chiefs and fire prevention officers from across Ontario since 2014.
“As a recognized leader in the fire service with extensive experience in fire prevention that is coupled with a passion for education, Chief McCormick is the ideal person to lead our new Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program,” says Mark Hunter, chair of Fanshawe's School of Public Safety. “With his ability to bring real world, current experiences into the classroom, Chief McCormick will ensure students in the program will have the highest quality learning experience as they progress to graduation and employment in this exciting field.”
“I am very excited to lead a program that has been greatly anticipated by the fire service community. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities this program creates, not only for me, but for the students enrolled in the program,” says McCormick. “I firmly believe fire departments will continue to place more and more emphasis on fire prevention and fire safety education in the future. I look forward to assisting, preparing and guiding students in pursuit of work in this field.”
Fanshawe's Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program is the first of its kind in Ontario. The six-semester program will prepare graduates to enter the public or private sector as certified fire inspectors, fire educators and public information officers. Graduates will also be eligible to write National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) certification exams and Ontario Building Code exams. The program is still accepting applications for September 2016.
“The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) is sad to see Chief McCormick leave the fire service and the OAFC Board of Directors. Chief McCormick has been a strong advocate on many issues pertaining to fire prevention and education on the board, and in the fire service, working diligently on improving public safety through these avenues,” says Richard Boyes, Executive Director, OAFC. “Jeff's skills and expertise in leadership, fire education and fire prevention will definitely be an asset to Fanshawe's new program. We wish him great success in his new endeavor.”
Frank Lamie, retired deputy fire chief of Toronto Fire Services says, "I am very pleased to hear Jeff has accepted the program coordinator position. Jeff took on the leadership of the OAFC Fire Prevention committee when I retired in 2013 and his leadership skills are just what is needed for this new program. Jeff's experience in the fire service and his dedication to fire prevention will benefit the program and all students who participate in it."
About the School of Public Safety
Fanshawe's School of Public Safety offers academic programs that provide students with the tools and applied learning experiences needed to pursue a wide range of demanding careers that protect the well-being and survival of citizens. The faculty members, many of whom still work in their respective disciplines, understand career requirements to prepare graduates for careers in the competitive market. Further information about the School of Public Safety can be found here.