New Fire Chief takes over in Oshawa

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Published August 1, 2023 at 12:26 pm

Oshawa Fire Chief Stephen Barkwell

Stephen Barkwell officially takes the helm as Chief of Oshawa Fire Services today.

Barkwell, who has been with Oshawa Fire since 1999, takes over from Derrick Clark, who has retired.

Barkwell brings plenty of experience in both emergency work and training to his new role after rising through the ranks, most recently holding the position of Deputy Fire Chief – Community Risk and Reduction / Professional Development.

He also has extensive experience at the provincial level with legislation, health and safety, human rights and labour relations and holds a Master’s Certificate in Public Sector Management from Ontario Tech University, a Certificate in Project Management for Leaders, Business Administration and Management from York University and is working towards a Certificate in Fire Services Executive Management from Humber College.

“Chief Barkwell’s proven leadership record will ensure that Oshawa Fire Services continues to provide exceptional services for Oshawa residents,” said Councillor Brian Nicholson, Chair of the Safety & Facilities Services Committee. “Congratulations, Chief.”

Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter echoed Nicholson’s words, saying Barkwell’s “wide range of experience” in the field and with management made him a “clear choice” for the position. “Council looks forward to advancing the safety of our community under Chief Barkwell’s leadership.”

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