St. Catharines Fire Chief passes away

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

A sad day amongst the firefighting community.

St. Catharines Fire Chief Mark Mehlenbacher has passed away at the age of 55 —- after what Mayor Brian McMullan calls a fierce battle with cancer.

Mehlenbacher was Burlington’s deputy fire chief — prior to leaving for St. Catharines in 2008.

He’s credited with improving labour relations between the city and its firefighters, advocating for a new Station and state-of-the-art dispatch centre and leading the charge for increased emergency preparedness.

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