Ryan Ladner appointed new FDNH Chief - March 23, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
North Huron Township has appointed Ryan Ladner as the Director of Fire and Emergency Services after Fire Chief David Sparling announced his resignation earlier this year.
Chief Ladner brings with him 15 years of experience working with fire departments in the City of Mississauga, Township of Puslinch and the Town of Erin. Ladner has focused his career on mentoring others. He is a graduate of Humber and Lambton Colleges as well as the Ontario Fire College.
To complement his fire service experience and education, Ladner has also dedicated eight years to the Canadian military with a focus on training others. Ladner’s strong background in training will be an asset to the Emergency Services Training Centre (ESTC) according to a press release issued by North Huron.
“Ryan brings an abundance of knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm to our community,” said North Huron Reeve Neil Vincent in a press release. “Ryan is highly respected in the Fire Service and has extensive experience in training. I am very pleased that he has accepted this appointment.”
Ladner was officially welcomed to the municipality at Monday night’s North Huron Township Council meeting.
“There were a number of applicants for the job and a number of qualified people,” he said. “The committee working on it was impressed by Ryan.”
Vincent said Ladner was the youngest applicant and he hoped that would translate into stability as the municipality has had significant turnover in fire chiefs over the last 12 years.
He also lauded Ladner’s career in training and his military background, saying they would be assets.
Ladner officially begins his timewith the township on April 1 after Sparling’s last day in the position. Chief Sparling announced his retirement in January and has been working part time until Ladner can begin.
Vincent thanked Sparling for his years of service and wished him the best in the future. He also said he was “very happy” that Ladner had accepted the position.
Ladner’s initial focus will be on the ESTC and developing new training programs to increase the success of the facility according to the press release. Recently the position of director of fire and emergency services was revised and the responsibilities of community emergency planning have been redefined by North Huron. This will allow the new fire chief additional time to focus on the fire department and the ESTC.
“Under Chief Sparling’s leadership, the Fire Department of North Huron (FDNH) has become one of the most respected fire services in Ontario and it is my goal to continue with this success,” Ladner said in the same press release. “I am honoured to accept this position and look forward to working with and supporting the volunteer firefighters that proudly serve the community.”
Sparling said North Huron made the right choice in using former Fire Chief Phil Eagleson as a consultant on the hiring process and that he felt Ladner was the right choice for the position.
Sparling said he has had a great three-and-a-half years as chief and enjoyed working with North Huron council, its partner municipalities and, most of all, his fellow firefighters.
“I’m fortunate to have outstanding people underneath me,” he said. “It’s been a really rewarding three-and-a-half years.”
Sparling said he would be “next door” to Ladner, speaking about his plans to work for the Blyth Cowbell Brewing Company, and said he would be available for help if it was necessary.