Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ontario town puts Junior Firefighting Program on hold after fire chief charged with sex assault of minor

The Town of Kingsville, Ont., has put a new Junior Firefighting Program for teenagers on hold after the fire chief was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a minor.

Kingsville fire Chief Bob Kissner, 60, has been suspended with pay after his arrest on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation. The assaults allegedly occurred last week. Kissner was released on bail Monday afternoon.

The town had posted a request for applications on its website to fill eight positions in the Junior Firefighting Program, meant to attract young people interested in the profession.

“Right now we put it on hold just to kind of allow for staff to acclimate to what’s happening, to get their heads back in the game,” said Kingsville CAO Peggy Van Mierlo-West. “So it has been placed on hold. We’re hoping to re-establish it in the new year.”  (more...)

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