New deputy chief added to the Caledon Fire and Emergency Services team

December 5, 2023 (CALEDON, ON) – The Town of Caledon is pleased to announce that Jeff Fairbarn has been hired as the Deputy Fire Chief with the Caledon Fire and Emergency Services team.

Currently Fire Chief of Adjala-Tosorontio Fire and Emergency Services, Mr. Fairbarn brings over 14 years of fire services experience to the deputy chief position, having spent time with Innisfil, the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Richmond Hill, and also a little over a year with Caledon Fire as Captain and Training Officer, before leaving for the Chief’s position in Adjala-Tosorontio.

“We are excited to add talent to our Caledon Fire team, and even more so when that talent is familiar with our community,” said outgoing Fire Chief Dave Forfar. “With Deputy Chief Dave Pelayo ascending to take on the role of Fire Chief when I retire, the team was in search of a talented leader, and we are pleased that Jeff was the candidate chosen to fill this role and look forward to his leadership and experience helping move our fire training and emergency management programs forward.”

Mr. Fairbarn not only brings 14+ years of experience to the role, he also has achieved success in the Fire Service Leadership program through Dalhousie University, Management Essentials program through Harvard University, and is currently studying Fire Service Executive Management at Humber College and Business Administration at York University.

“Jeff was instrumental in Caledon Fire’s National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) certification program for training our firefighters and bringing Jeff back to our team as a Deputy Chief provides stability and familiarity and will continue the progress we’ve made with fire training,” said incoming Fire Chief Dave Pelayo. “I look forward to working with Jeff and the other deputies as we lead our Caledon Fire team, protecting and ensuring our community is safe.”

The addition of Mr. Fairbarn as Deputy Chief is another example of Caledon building a strong, high-performing and cohesive leadership team, as we transition to a single-tier municipality, and prepare for the challenges that will come for this growing community.

Mr. Fairbarn will assume his new role as Deputy Chief on Monday, December 18, 2023, and the Town is confident that he will continue to be a strong leader on this team and that our Caledon Fire team will maintain and build upon the skills and training they need to protect our community.

New Deputy Chief Jeff Fairbarn

Caledon Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Fire Chief, Jeff Fairbarn