City announces new Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services assistant chief

After an extensive search, the City of Mississauga has selected Kalpana Rajgopalan as its new assistant chief, professional development and accreditation, at Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) effective April 3.

Rajgopalan joins the MFES leadership team, which includes five other members: Tim Beckett, fire chief; Nancy Macdonald-Duncan, assistant chief, fire prevention and life safety; Mark Ormand, assistant chief, operations and communications; Jamie Zimmerman, assistant chief, capital assets; and Tracey Martino, executive officer.

“As they have proven countless times over the past 50 years, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services is second to none in their field,” said Paul Mitcham, community services commissioner. “From their award-winning auto extrication team to their life-saving fire prevention and education efforts, Kalpana is joining a very impressive and accomplished group. (The) MFES new leadership team brings a wealth of experience, education and equality. Together, their diverse backgrounds will allow them to continue to meet the needs of the community we serve, which is our top priority.”

Rajgopalan has held several management positions in the field of emergency services most recently as the academic standards and evaluation manager with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM). There, she oversaw the unit that managed all aspects of provincial activities related to professional standards and training in the fire service.

Prior to her work with OFMEM, Rajgopalan worked for Emergency Management Ontario as an emergency management training program manager, where she led the development, maintenance, evaluation and validation of training programs for internal and external delivery in emergency management principles. She also worked in the private sector where she led training and development programs at firms including London Life Insurance and Transamerica Life.

Rajgopalan holds a bachelor of commerce degree, certificates in teaching and training adults and is currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in public administration.

“The community will greatly benefit from Kalpana’s exceptional work as a transformational leader,” said Tim Beckett, MFES fire chief. “Her impressive work in the field of emergency services specifically her experience with professional standards and training makes her, without a doubt, the best person for the job and we’re excited to have her as a member of the team.”

Photo: Kalpana Rajgopalan has been appointed as the city’s new assistant chief, professional development and accreditation, at Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services.

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