A new executive has been appointed to the Fire Fighters Association of Ontario. We look forward to working with this new team of experienced fire service leaders.
FFAO PRESIDENT – FIRE CHIEF BRAD LEMAICH
Brad Lemaich is currently the Fire Chief of Kincardine Fire & Rescue Services.
Joining Tillsonburg Fire. & Rescue in 2003, Brad spent 10 years as a volunteer firefighter before taking on his first Chief officer role in NW Ontario with the Greenstone Fire Department.
In 2015 Chief Lemaich assumed the leadership of the Shelburne & District Fire Department being the first career chief in the department’s history. After 5 years in Shelburne, Lemaich returned home to lead the Tillsonburg department.
In 2021 Brad transitioned to Kincardine, where he oversees the 50 member, 2 station department.
Chief Lemaich holds many Ontario Fire College and NFPA certifications as well as CEMC and Designated Officer credentials.
He has taught his own and neighboring departments throughout his career, and is an Adjunct Instructor for the OFC.
Chief Lemaich is well versed in Emergency Management having led his communities through various declared emergencies over the years.
He is a proponent of firefighter continuing education, workplace safety, and has worked to ensure inclusivity in the fire service.
FFAO 1st VICE PRESIDENT – FIRE CHIEF RYAN MURRELL
Ryan Murrell is Fire Chief for the Township of Muskoka Lakes.
Over his 20-year career, Murrell has been a working firefighter, captain and finally chief in two small towns.
He is a leader in change management with a strong background in safety equipment.
A firm proponent of training, Murrell has developed innovative programs supporting fireground tactics, survival and live fire training.
He is a member of the OAFC Health and Safety Committee and a leader for OAFC PAC 7.
Murrell holds a Certificate in Fire Service Leadership from Dalhousie University and a Diploma in Broadcast from Fanshawe.
FFAO 2nd VICE PRESIDENT – FIRE CHIEF SCOTT GRANT
Scott Grant joined the fire service at the age of 16, served 10 years before joining the Canadian Armed Forces as a Combat Engineer.
After serving, he enrolled in school to become a PCP while joining the Nipissing Fire Services serving as a Battalion Chief for a short period.
2016 he relocated to Moosonnee as a Paramedic and eventually became Moosonee Volunteer FD Fire Chief in 2019 where he is currently serving both roles.
Avid peer support volunteer and mental health advocate.