Press Release - Dundalk Fire Department - March 6, 2019

March 6, 2019
Township of Southgate staff have been recently addressing false statements out in the community, indicating that the Dundalk Fire Department is operating with skeleton crews when showing up at recent emergency and fire calls. Some of these recent false communications claims there is turmoil within the Dundalk Fire Service with recent staff turnover/resignations. The Township has reacted quickly with the appointment of a new Acting Fire Chief and 2 Fire Captains, as well as the review of Establishing and Regulating a Fire Department By-law with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s staff, that sets policy for the service responses provided by the Dundalk Fire Department.
The Acting Fire Chief Mitchell DaCruz stated in response to these rumours, “The current members of the Dundalk Fire Department are 100% dedicated to the health and safety of our residents.  We have full support from our volunteer community and our neighbouring Fire Departments through Mutual Aid”. 
These rumours surrounding the Fire Department were also addressed at the March 6th, 2019 Council meeting. Mayor Woodbury firmly stated that these rumours are false and detrimental to our community. “Council and I are disappointed by this false information and that our residents have been put into a situation where they may have had concerns for their safety in the event of a fire or medical emergency, when that is not the case.  Our Dundalk Fire Department and its volunteer members give tirelessly to our community and they all deserve our community’s respect and appreciation for their contributions to the safety of our residents.” 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 3:30pm
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