City of Guelph recruits new Chief for Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service

The City of Guelph has hired Stephen Dewar as the new Chief of Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service (EMS). Stephen starts in his new position today.

Stephen brings extensive experience in all areas of Emergency Medical Services at the municipal and regional levels. For more than seven years, he was Deputy Chief of Hamilton Emergency Medical Service, overseeing all aspects of quality assurance and training including continuing education, incident investigations, hiring and orientation and labour relations issues.

Since 2011, he has been on secondment from the City of Hamilton to the City of Guelph as Acting EMS Chief with responsibility for the overall operation of Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service.

During his secondment, Stephen worked with staff members to implement and comply with an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Mandatory Service Review. He also helped to lead community CPR and Public Access Defibrillation Programming in partnership with the local chapter of the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“Stephen is a welcomed addition to the City of Guelph Emergency Services team,” said Shawn Armstrong, General Manager of Emergency Services. “He is well respected in the Emergency Medical Service for his strong leadership in ensuring high quality services in providing pre-hospital emergency medical care.”

Stephen’s extensive experience working in a regional emergency services division will be an asset as Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service moves to implement improvements in management, leadership development and shared initiatives that will benefit community well-being and safety.

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Shawn Armstrong
Fire Chief and General Manager, Emergency Services
Operations, Transit and Emergency Services
519-822-1260 x 2125