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CKFR Hires New Assistant Chief

CHATHAM-KENT (February 7, 2024) – Dan Parent has accepted the position of Assistant Fire Chief with Chatham-Kent Fire & Rescue, with the retirement of Assistant Chief John Praill. Parent was selected from candidates who applied from across North America. 

Parent who has dedicated himself to both EMS and fire for over 30 years, started in 1991 when he became a paramedic with Chatham & District Ambulance Service responding out of the Wallaceburg.

Parent became a firefighter in 1993 when he was hired as a volunteer with the Wallaceburg Fire Department. In 1995 he became a career firefighter with Wallaceburg Fire Department which became Chatham-Kent Fire and Rescue.

Since then, Parent has moved through the ranks being promoted to Captain in January 2020, and qualified as a Senior Captain that September.

“We are looking forward to having Dan join our senior management team,” says Fire Chief Chris Case. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience serving our community in a multifaceted manner for many years.  It is inspiring to see individuals within our organization progressively advancing and assuming leadership roles.”

Parent’s passions of interest throughout his career including firefighter health & safety, cancer prevention, tiered medical response initiative, firefighter training and readiness and incident command.