City appoints new Fire Chief - was with the London, ON service - brings experience from the UK with him.

News 100 redBy Staff

April 26, 2017



David Lazenby has been named the new Fire Chief for the city. He was the Deputy Fire Chief for the City of London

Now in his 21st year in the fire service, Lazenby has held various roles in Canada and in the United Kingdom. Lazenby’s career began in the UK where he held progressive positions, including a secondment to the National Resilience Assurance Team where he helped to oversee the response to large-scale natural and man-made disasters.

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David Lazenby appointed new Fire Chief

As operations chief in London, Lazenby was responsible for 14 fire stations and 340 staff as well as the hazardous materials, technical rescue and water/ice rescue teams. He previously oversaw the training and communications divisions.

Prior to his current career, Lazenby spent 11 years in the private sector working as a management accountant for one of the world’s largest minerals companies.

His education includes qualifications from the Charted Institute of Management Accountants, a Diploma in Public Administration from Western University and a Certificate in Fire Service Administration from Dalhousie University.

Lazenby will oversee the operation of a fire service with about 200 full-time staff and 65 volunteers serving the community.

Acting Fire Chief Ross Monteith and Deputy Chief Karen Roche ran the fire department when former Fore Chief Tony Bavota left Burlington for Toronto where he works with that fire department. Lazenby has big boots to fill.

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2 comments to City appoints new Fire Chief – was with the London, ON service – brings experience from the UK with him.

  • mike

    the question is, why can’t burlington fire retain any management? Revolving door.

  • steve

    What is it with Burlington? Are there no people who live here capable of filling these positions? Why does it always seem they are brought in from outside our city?