Assistant Chief Bob Davidson, Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services, is now on the job. Davidson has over thirty years of emergency service experience and was recently recruited after serving as a Deputy Fire Chief in a blended Fire/EMS service in Strathcona County, Alberta.
“Job one for me is to support Chief Ken Stuebing and to build relationships, not only with fire and emergency service personnel, but also with other departments, agencies, stakeholders and community partners,” said Davidson.
“My principle objective would be to assist the organization in moving forward with its plans to improve service delivery, community safety, firefighter safety, operational excellence, and internal and external communications,” he added.
Davidson’s primary responsibility is oversee fire prevention and community safety education:
· educating the public on how to prevent fires, react to a fire, provide First/Aid and CPR, prevent illness and injury, and prepare for an emergency
· promoting early fire detection through the use of smoke alarms on every floor and outside all sleeping areas
· informing the public about home escape planning, including having two ways out of every room and designating an exterior meeting spot
· promoting early fire suppression through the use of residential sprinklers and fire extinguishers
· promoting fire safe technologies
Davidson is an advocate for the Ontario Fire Marshal’s three lines of community fire defence, the development of proactive community partnerships and the enhancement of customer focused community safety programming.