New fire chief a ‘teacher’ and ‘first responder’

A long-serving firefighter who has a “passion” for fire prevention, education and staff development will take over the reigns of Markham Fire and Emergency Services (MFES).

In a career spanning 14 years, newly-appointed Fire Chief Adam J. Grant has served as Fire Prevention Officer, Public Education Officer, Chief Fire Prevention Officer with MFES and most recently, Deputy Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator.

He has also been instrumental in leading the City’s Emergency Operations Centre most recently through the COVID-19 pandemic. His appointment follows the retirement of Chief Dave Decker who took over the helm in 2016 with 28 years of service under his belt.

“A compassionate and determined professional, Chief Grant is as much a teacher as he is a first responder,” Mayor Frank Scarpitti said. “Under Chief Grant’s leadership, we know that innovation and creativity will be at the core of his leadership. His vision for MFES complements the overall vision of our city: Leading through Innovation.”

According to Markham CAO Andy Taylor, the new chief’s greatest strengths include leadership and strategic thinking.

“I’m very confident that Chief Grant will provide strong leadership to MFES through his vision, passion, dedication, commitment and innovation for the community, his staff, his colleagues and Council,” Taylor said.

Photo (l-r):  Former Fire Chief Dave Decker; Isla, Laurel and Chief Adam Grant; CAO Andy Taylor; and Deputy Fire Chief Chris Nearing. 

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