Firefighters from Alnwick/Haldimand fought 15 grass fires last month including this one on both sides of Minnetonka Road

29 Year Veteran of the Cobourg Fire Department has been selected

Article & images by Valerie Macdonald

Municipal clerk Robin van de Moosdyk confirmed this week the full-time appointment of Mark Diminie.

Mr Diminie is on vacation at this time and unavailable for an interview until next week when the News Now Network will talk to him about his new duties which include overseeing emergency responses and on-going training of personnel at the township’s three fire stations, as well as participating in overseeing construction of the new Roseneath shared emergency facility with Northumberland County.

Mr Diminie brings the knowledge, skills and experience obtained from his 29 years of service on the Cobourg Fire Department and as an Instructor at Sir Sanford Fleming College for the Pre-Fire Service Course,” states a township media release.

“He was also instrumental in the training of the new firefighters for the initial Haldimand Fire Department in 1990.

Mr Diminie is active in the community and area as a coach for minor hockey, is a member of the Cobourg Legion Band and Drum instructor for the Hastings Prince Edward Cadets, as well as has an extensive family history in the municipality.”

Until May 21, Interim Fire Chief Allen Mann will continue to oversee the municipality’s fire service.

Mann was called back from retirement after the township appointed Kyle Wood as fire chief for a matter of days, and then suddenly let him go in early March. Neither Mayor John Logel or Deputy Mayor Gail Latchford would provide a reason for the quick reversal citing privacy and personnel issues.

Mann told News Now that he is looking forward to retiring with council’s most recent appointment.