New Fire Chief Appointed for Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

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Toronto (April 2, 2015)
– Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President of PortsToronto and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Comeau to the position of Fire Chief at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, effective April 20, 2015.
In this role Comeau will be responsible for the airport’s emergency planning, procedures and response, as well as fire prevention and training – continuing the high level of emergency preparedness that is engrained in every aspect of Billy Bishop Airport’s operations.
Comeau joins PortsToronto from the Quinte West Fire Department, where he served as a Fire Prevention Officer for the past five years. In addition to his most recent role, Comeau has more than 20 years of experience in the Canadian Armed Forces as an airport firefighter, Chemical Biological Radiation and Nuclear Specialist, Platoon Chief and Fire Chief. During this time Comeau was often sent overseas to lend his technical expertise in the areas of fire prevention, emergency planning and response.
“Robert’s unique skill set and more than 25 years of experience, including work in an airport setting, make him an excellent addition to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport team,” said Cabral. “The Fire Chief plays an integral role in maintaining safety and security at our airport, and Robert’s strong background in emergency planning and response will ensure his seamless integration into our operations.”
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For more than 100 years PortsToronto (formerly Toronto Port Authority) has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. A financially self-sustaining government business enterprise, PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomes more than two million passengers each year; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada’s largest freshwater marinas; and Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $5.6 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto’s waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government. PortsToronto is a Proud Supporter of TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
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Erin Mikaluk
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