Director of Protective Services hired

The Municipality of Cumberland has hired Bill Ireland to be its first director of protective services. Ireland is currently the chief for the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department, which serves the New Brunswick towns of Rothesay and Quispamsis. He is a 32 - year veteran of the fire service, holds a Master of Business Administration and is one of approximately 125 fire service professionals in Canada who hold the professional designation of executive chief fire officer (ECFO). He was awarded his certified municipal manager professional designation in 2020 (CMM III).

“I’m very pleased that we have been able to recruit someone with Bill’s credentials and experience to this important, new position,” said CAO Greg Herrett. “We can’t wait to welcome him to the team.”

The newly created position will oversee the Municipality’s fire service, building and fire inspection, bylaw enforcement, and emergency management (REMO).

Ireland began his career in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Burk’s Falls, Ont. He was hired as a professional firefighter by the City of Toronto where he spent 12 years working at one of Canada’s busiest fire stations. He spent 2 years as the director of fire and emergency services for a large regional volunteer fire service in the Township of Central Frontenac, Ont.

In the early 2000’s, he moved to Truro, N.S. where he held the position of superintendent for the Truro Fire Service. For the past 12 years, Ireland has served as the fire chief for the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department.

Ireland takes up his duties with the Municipality on February 7, 2022.