Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) has announced Melanie Jones as its newest Deputy Fire Chief.
“We are thrilled to have such a quality candidate and leader to fill this role,” Chief Shawn Armstrong said in a press release on Tuesday, Jul. 14, 2020. “Jones’ years of diverse experience, passion for the job, and forward-looking thinking make her the perfect fit.”
After joining Kingston’s fire service 26 years ago, Jones rose through the ranks from Firefighter to Captain. In 2013, she was promoted to the position of Chief Training Officer. She will maintain this title until the end of day on Sunday, Jul. 19, 2020, when she will transition into her position as Deputy Fire Chief.
Deputy Chief Jones holds an advanced diploma in Public Administration from Ryerson University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Calgary.
Aside from her credentials, she has also helped to build important partnerships in the community over the years.
“Jones is committed to her colleagues and to her community. Since joining the ranks at KFR, she has built numerous strategic partnerships that benefit both the fire service and our residents,” said Armstrong.
“We look forward to Deputy Chief Jones’ continued success in her new role with our team at Kingston Fire & Rescue,” he added.
How does Jones feel about the appointment? She says she’s looking forward to the challenge and the continued opportunity to serve her community.
“I’m very happy and looking forward to continuing to work with the men and women of Kingston Fire & Rescue, as well as our community! I hope I can support our staff and help lead by encouraging diversity and progress, as things move and change through the fire service,” Jones said.