Innisfil and Bradford name new interim Fire Chief

Chief Jim Kay brings 39 years of experience to the job

An interim Joint Fire Chief has picked up the reins of the Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury Fire Services bringing nearly four decades of experience with him to the gig.

Jim Kay has been named interim Joint Chief of the two services. Chief Kay has about 39 years of experience fighting fires under his belt and comes by way of Toronto where he served as Deputy Fire Chief.

“We are extremely happy to have Chief Kay take on the role of Joint Chief and to continue the important work began by Chief Raeburn since we launched the integrated services review last year,” said BWG Mayor Rob Keffer. “We are looking forward to introducing Jim to our community, and to having him bring his breadth of experience to leading our great team of staff and volunteers at BWG Fire & Emergency Services.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jim and his decades of leadership experience with fire departments across southern Ontario,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “We are confident that his skills and knowledge will benefit both Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury fire operations. We are also extremely grateful for the dedication that former Chief Raeburn has provided to our community over the years and wish him all the best.”

Kay steps into the role after the departure of Chief Tom Raeburn, who dedicated over 25 years to the Innisfil Fire and Rescue Service before helping to craft the joint agreement between Innisfil and Bradford in 2020.