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Lee Tome to join Amherstburg fire department

The Town of Amherstburg has hired Lee Tome as its assistant deputy fire chief and fire prevention and inspections officer. Tome starts the job Monday.

The Town of Amherstburg hired Lee Tome as its assistant deputy fire chief and fire prevention and inspections officer.

Tome starts the job Monday.

Tome is the former chief fire prevention officer with the City of Windsor.

Tome has 32 years of experience in fire and rescue, including 16 years as a firefighter, eight years as a fire prevention officer and fire investigator, and eight years as the chief fire prevention officer with the City of Windsor.

Tome has also earned his designation as a community emergency management co-ordinator.

Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said the preference would have been to go with a candidate from within the department itself, but that was not possible now.

"We had issues with qualifications in town," he said in an interview on Thursday. "Obviously, we would always like to employ our residents, but at this stage where we're restructuring and trying to address obvious inefficiencies that the ministry has pointed out, we felt that a short-term hire at this point was probably in our best interest until we can get the fire department at a level where we are comfortable moving forward."

With files from the CBC's Joana Draghici

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