Belair says she is ‘humbled’ by the opportunity and looks forward to improving the city’s public fire safety
Mayor Walter Sendzik believes Belair comes highly recommended for the job and will greatly benefit the city’s fire and emergency services unit. The mayor delivered the announcement on Feb. 18.
Before she came to St. Catharines, Belair was acting manager for community safety enhancements for the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, the provincial oversight body that enforces public fire safety regulations.
She has spent more than 25-years serving the Ontario Government in various management positions, including the University Health Network and Fire Emergency Services in the Town of Barrie, Ontario.
“On behalf of City Council we are looking forward to working with Ms. Belair,” said Mayor Sendzik.
“With her extensive background in firefighting and fire prevention I know she’ll be a valuable asset to our Fire Services team.”
Belair was hired for the job after Dave Wood, the previous deputy fire chief, was promoted to fire chief.
She assumed her official duties on Feb. 23. Belair will work alongside Deputy Fire Chief Larry Jones and Fire Chief Wood, representing the senior management of St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Services.
“I am very humbled by this exciting opportunity and would like to thank the Mayor, council and Fire Chief Wood for placing their confidence in my capabilities and entrusting me in the position of deputy fire chief,” said Belair.
“During my tenure with the provincial government I have gained extensive experience working with municipal fire services in ensuring a balanced approach to public fire safety. I look forward to implementing this balanced approach to the City of St. Catharines and its residents.”
While serving the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, Belair was instrumental in creating and implementing a variety of new fire safety programs for the province.
She developed “risk management tools for fire service leaders and was part of the working group that developed public fire safety guidelines for the province,” according to a press release from the City of St. Catharines.
“Ms. Belair has done great things at the Fire Marshal’s office,” said Fire Chief Dave Wood.
“I’m excited to see what she brings to St. Catharines.”