Andy Macintosh is retiring as Orangeville’s Fire Chief, effective February 29, 2016. Chief Macintosh has submitted his resignation, marking the end of a 29-year career with the Orangeville Fire Department.
He first joined the Orangeville Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter in January of 1987, moving into a full-time position as Fire Prevention Inspector/Volunteer Firefighter in September of 1992. He continued to move up the ranks in 1995 when he was appointed Deputy Fire Chief, and then Acting Fire Chief in 1999. His appointment as Fire Chief was made on January 25 of 2000.
He emerges 29 years later well respected for his performance and commitment to the Town and the services provided by his department. Chief Macintosh is committed, caring, and thorough and has earned much respect over the years.
In 2007, he received the national Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal in recognition of 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public security in Canada. He has also received the provincial Fire Services Long Service Medal marking 25 years of service, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Queen’s Golden Jubilee medals. In 2012, Chief Macintosh received his 25-year service award from the Town of Orangeville.
No one heads a fire department for years and departs without strong memories of the achievements and challenges. During Chief Macintosh’s tenure, the Orangeville Fire Department became a composite department (2003), with both full-time and volunteer firefighters. That was a significant change for the department.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked for Orangeville and I appreciate the support I have had from many Councils over the years,” said Chief Macintosh. “It’s been a great opportunity to have been part of the growth and evolution of the Orangeville Fire Department. I am particularly thankful for the help and support that I’ve had from staff and peers.”
Chief Macintosh and wife Kathie have lived in Orangeville for almost 50 years. His future includes establishing some new daily routines that will include golfing and camping in the warmer seasons.
“It has been my honour to work with Chief Andy Macintosh and the Orangeville firefighters during my entire time on Council,” said Councillor Gail Campbell. “I want to thank Andy for his leadership in helping the Orangeville Fire Service develop into the first class, professional organization it is today. Our community is fortunate to have such excellent fire protection. Thank you, Andy, for your dedication. I wish you happiness and good health in your retirement.”
“Andy has served our Town for decades with bravery, and a steadfast resolve for the welfare of our citizens,” Mayor Jeremy D Williams. “With an unwavering commitment to his firefighting team and those they protect, Andy has been uncompromising in his years of dedication. Orangeville owes an enormous debt of gratitude to him and he will always be 'Chief Macintosh' to me.”