Effective May 11, 2016, Ronald Morden assumes the role of Fire Chief of the Town of Orangeville.
Chief Morden has more than 30 years of emergency services experience, including15 years as Deputy Chief for the Town of Orangeville. Prior to joining the Town’s Fire Department in 2000, Chief Morden worked with the Shelburne and District Fire Department progressing through the ranks from firefighter to Training Officer to Captain to Chief.
Chief Morden has multiple certifications in fire, ambulance and emergency care training; is a member of the Ontario, Canadian and International Associations of Fire Chiefs; is the Dufferin County Assistant Fire Co-ordinator; and is a founding member and former director of Dufferin Safe Communities.
In 2015, Chief Morden was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition of his contributions to the implementation of Public Access Defibrillation throughout Dufferin County Fire Departments and municipal facilities in Orangeville.
Chief Morden was endorsed as Fire Chief by Orangeville Council at its May 9th meeting. The appointment will be formalized with the passing of a bylaw.
As Fire Chief of the Town of Orangeville, Chief Morden will be leading a composite department with more than 45 full-time and volunteer firefighters. He will be responsible for the management and administration of the Fire Department, fire suppression, fire prevention operations and programs, and related emergency services.
Chief Morden resides in Orangeville, with his wife Angela. Together they have four grown children, and one granddaughter, Lily.
“I am looking forward to continuing to support the Town of Orangeville and its residents as Fire Chief,” he said. “It is an honour to lead an incredible group of fire service professionals within the Orangeville Fire Department. With an emphasis on fire and rescue services, fire prevention and public education we will continue to enhance the services that the community deserves.”
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ronald Morden to the position of Fire Chief and I am looking forward to continuing to work with him,” said Interim Chief Administrative Officer Ed Brennan. “Over the past eight months as Acting Chief, Ronald has consistently demonstrated his leadership and competence, and has earned the respect and confidence of firefighters, Council and administration.”