Matthew Pegg has been appointed as Toronto's new Fire Chief by City Council following a North American-wide recruitment search. Pegg has served as Toronto's Interim Fire Chief since May 2016 and will now assume the position of Fire Chief and General Manager, Toronto Fire Services.
"Torontonians are fortunate to have experienced and committed individuals like Mr. Pegg working at Toronto Fire Services," said Mayor John Tory. "I am confident in his leadership and continue to have the greatest respect for the men and women of Toronto Fire who work tirelessly to keep our residents safe."
"Matt has served his career in the Fire Services for over 25 years and has managed every functional division within the fire services field and held numerous senior management roles in fire organizations across southern Ontario," said Deputy City Manager John Livey. "I am pleased to welcome him to his new role to continue to modernize the Toronto Fire Service."
Pegg served as President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs for three consecutive terms (2013-16) where he advised the provincial government on all aspects of fire protection services across Ontario.
As Deputy Fire Chief/Director of Administrative Services in Toronto from 2013 to 2016, Pegg has been responsible for providing executive oversight to the business services (finance and administration), staff services and facilities/materials management portfolios within Toronto Fire Services.
In his new role as Fire Chief, Pegg's primary focus will be to continue to lead the implementation of the Toronto Fire Services Transformation Plan, which was developed and launched as part of the 2016 Toronto Fire Services budget process.
The Transformation Plan includes 20 major strategic initiatives that will modernize and enhance all aspects of service delivery, enabling Toronto Fire Services to meet the public education, fire prevention and emergency dispatch and response needs of a growing city. This includes building an increasingly diverse, welcoming and supportive workplace that is representative of the communities that Toronto Fire Services serve.
"I am deeply honoured to assume the role of Fire Chief/General Manager of Toronto Fire Services on a permanent basis," said Pegg. "I look forward to working hard to deliver world-class fire protection services in Toronto."
Toronto Fire Services is the largest fire service in Canada with 3,176 full-time personnel. In 2016, Fire Services completed more than 278,000 emergency responses, over 6,600 fire code inspections arising from complaints or requests, and more than 61,000 home fire safety visits as part of the Alarmed for Life campaign.