Ryan Murrell has been appointed as the fire chief and community emergency management coordinator for the Township of Muskoka Lakes effective June 3, according to an announcement from Mayor Phil Harding and Township Council on May 24.
Murrell gained experience teaching, leading and working in fire operations for over 15 years in Dryden, Ontario. During his time as chief and deputy chief, Murrell had a number of accomplishments including the development of a training plan, the creation of a PTSD prevention program and the introduction of a new service model enhancement. Murrell is committed to strong fire prevention and public education programs that reduce injury and loss of life due to fire, according to the announcement, and he looks forward to supporting and working with the emergency services team to continue to deliver an excellent level of service.
“I am excited to have Ryan join our fire department as Fire Chief,” Mayor Harding said. “His progressive thinking, dedication to training and appreciation for safety of our firefighters and residents will balance nicely with our community and the new management team at Muskoka Lakes including our new CAO and Director of Public Works.”
Interim Fire Chief Brad Bigrigg will return to his regular role with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, providing fire advisory services to fire chiefs and municipal officials, on May 29.