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Zorra Announces New Fire Chief



The Township of Zorra is pleased to announce the hiring of Deanna Kirwin as Fire Chief effective July 15, 2021.

Ms. Kirwin has been a volunteer firefighter for six years with Zorra Fire and Emergency Services at Embro Station and is also currently a Training Officer. She is currently employed in the education sector at the public K-12 level and at Conestoga College as Regional Training Center Coordinator – School of Community Services and a program instructor.

At Zorra, Ms. Kirwin will be responsible for overseeing 60 volunteer firefighters and three fire stations. Additionally, Ms. Kirwin will be the Township’s Community Emergency Management Coordinator and will manage and oversee the Township’s Emergency Management Plan. Ms. Kirwin remarked “I look forward to continuing, encouraging, and implementing strategies to make our community a safer place to work, live, and raise a family. I have always had a passion for the fire service and now having the opportunity to continue this career in my home community is an honour.”

Chief Administrative Officer Don MacLeod said: “We look forward to Ms. Kirwin joining our senior management team and the unique skill set she brings with her. Her leadership and vision will see Zorra Fire and Emergency Services continue the excellent service provided to our community.”

Chief John McFarlan began his service with Zorra Fire on January 1, 1981, and worked his way up through the ranks. He was appointed as Thamesford Station Chief on January 24, 2012. Chief John McFarlan was then appointed as Zorra’s second Fire Chief and is retiring after nine years in this role.

For additional information, please contact:
Don MacLeod, Chief Administrative Officer
Township of Zorra