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The Town of East Gwillimbury is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Fire Chief, Cory Mainprize, who will step into the role on June 3, 2024.

Chief Mainprize will lead East Gwillimbury’s Fire and Emergency Services department and joins the Town’s Senior Management Team (SMT). Chief Mainprize will lead a team of paid-on-call and full-time firefighters who provide emergency services to residents and visitors, through the three lines of defence: public education, fire prevention, and emergency response.  Further, Chief Mainprize will lead the development of an updated Fire Master Plan and oversee the department’s operating and capital budgets.

Incoming Chief Mainprize is an experienced fire service professional with a comprehensive background leading emergency response, fire prevention, public education, dispatch/communications, emergency management, and high-performing teams. For the past seven years, Chief Mainprize led the City of Barrie Fire and Emergency Services as Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Services. Before his role as Chief, he served as Deputy Chief of Operations and Training, managing all emergency response operations and training, initiating a culture of accountability, exceptional customer service, and continuous improvement. During this time, he also oversaw the development of Barrie’s Fire Master Plan and Community Risk Assessment. Chief Mainprize began his career in firefighting in 1998 as a volunteer firefighter with the Town of Caledon before joining the City of Barrie in 2000, as a firefighter.

Chief Mainprize has completed a Fire Services Executive Management Certificate with Humber College, and holds a Masters Certificate in Public Administration from the Schulich School of Business.

“Chief Mainprize is an excellent selection for our next Fire Chief,” said Mayor Virginia Hackson. “I am confident he will bring a modern, collaborative and progressive approach to our leadership team and will be a great contributor as the Town continues to grow. Having a strong leader in this role is important as we deliver on our Strategic Plan commitment to delivering quality programs and services. On behalf of Council, I extend a warm welcome to Chief Mainprize.”

“I would like to share a heartfelt thank you to Fire Chief Larry Brassard as he concludes his role as interim Chief, and for leading the department and helping us during recruitment," said Mayor Hackson. “Thank you, Chief Brassard.”