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City of London names Lori Hamer as Fire Chief

The City of London announced today that Acting Fire Chief Lori Hamer will be stepping permanently into the role of Fire Chief for the London Fire Department, effective immediately.

In March, Hamer became Acting Fire Chief. A national recruitment process to fill the position on a permanent basis was launched shortly after that, culminating in Hamer’s appointment to that role today.

“Lori has a long history of service to the fire department and is known for her focus on engagement, communication and mutual respect,” said Lynne Livingstone, Managing Director, Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services. “These qualities will serve her and the Fire Department team well as she steps into the role of Chief on a permanent basis.”

Chief Hamer began her career fire service almost 20 years ago when she joined the communications division of the Kitchener Fire Department. She joined the London Fire Department in early 2016 as Deputy Chief, Training, Communications and Special Projects, and was named acting Chief earlier this year.

“I look forward to serving our community and the department as Fire Chief,” said Chief Hamer. “Over the past few months, I’ve spent much of my time talking to our members. I’m very proud to work alongside the men and women of the London Fire Department and I’m excited about the opportunity to step into this leadership role on a permanent basis.”