The Town of Ajax is pleased to announce that Deputy Aaron Burridge of Ajax Fire and Emergency Services has been appointed as the Town’s Interim Fire Chief, effective December 1, 2022, until further notice.

Deputy Burridge started as a volunteer firefighter with the Town in May 2000 and was hired as a full-time firefighter less than a year later. He progressed and excelled through the ranks to a qualified Captain, Training Officer, Chief Training Officer and achieved his current role as Deputy Fire Chief in October 2016.

As the new Interim Fire Chief, Deputy Burridge will be responsible for leading the overall administration and operation of the department and the team.

As Deputy Burridge’s new role commences, the Town congratulates, Fire Chief, Dave Lang, on his retirement. Chief Lang has been with Ajax Fire and Emergency Services since June 1984 and has held various positions within the department. Chief Lang consistently showed his knowledge, dedication and passion for his roles, as he moved the department forward to success – the Town wishes him all the best in his new chapter.

Quotes

“As an experienced member of Ajax Fire and Emergency Services, Aaron has shown his great ability to progress and excel through increasingly responsible roles and I am confident that he will embrace this opportunity to lead the department through this period of transition.” - Shane Baker, CAO, Town of Ajax

“I am honoured and very excited for the opportunity to lead the committed team of staff at Ajax Fire and Emergency Services and continue to advance the department to successfully serve the Ajax community. Thank you to Chief Lang, for everything you have taught me throughout my time here. I appreciate how you led and supported the team with such passion for what we do, and I will work hard to share that with the team and the community as well.” - Aaron Burridge, Interim Fire Chief, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services

Quick Facts

  • As of December 1, 2022, Deputy Aaron Burridge will begin his role as Interim Fire Chief. This begins as the announcement of the retirement of Fire Chief Dave Lang on November 30, 2022.
  • Deputy Burridge started as a volunteer firefighter with Ajax in May 2000 and was hired as a full-time firefighter in January 2001. He progressed and became Captain, Training Officer, Chief Training Officer and Deputy Fire Chief in October 2016.
  • Chief Lang also held various positions with the Ajax Fire and Emergency Services including Firefighter, Acting Captain, Platoon Chief, Deputy Chief and Fire Chief.

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