City of Sault Ste. Marie appoints new Fire Chief


The City’s selection committee has recommended Peter Johnson as the new Fire Chief for Sault Ste. Marie effective August 1, 2017. Mr. Johnson comes to the Fire Chief position with nearly 23 years of Fire Service experience, having served most recently as Deputy Fire Chief (Suppression) for the City of Sault Ste. Marie.

Mr. Johnson’s qualifications span leadership, project management, incident command, firefighting, fire prevention, public education and emergency medical services. His education and on-going professional development is extensive bringing a wealth of expertise, training and credentials in firefighting. Most recently he completed the comprehensive Fire Service Administration Program and the Fire Service Leadership program from Dalhousie University. Mr. Johnson also received the Ontario Fire College Company Officer Diploma and an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Lake Superior State University.

Throughout his career, he has demonstrated commitment to integrity, continuous improvement and maintained vigilant training to stay current in the field. Outside of his fire services duties, Johnson is active in the Sault Ste. Marie community coaching local junior football and hockey teams.

“Sault Ste. Marie is fortunate to have experienced and committed individuals like Chief Johnson working at its Fire Services,” said Al Horsman, Chief Administrative Officer for the City. “I am confident in his leadership and pleased to welcome him to his new role.”

Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services is comprised of 5 divisions including Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire Prevention and Public Education, Support Services, and Community Emergency Management. The City of Sault Ste. Marie congratulates Chief Johnson on his new position and wishes him well.


  1. They should have hired from within to start with, look what we would have avoided.
    Inquiring minds want to know details about the former chief and the OPP investigation of him by the Blind River detachment who is attached to the Anti-Rackets Fraud Branch.
    Just how much did he muck us for and what are they going to do about it?

  2. Congratulations to Mr Johnson.
    Let’s hope that he can undo all the damage that has been caused in the path of the former Chief. City Council needs to step up as well now.
    We need to repair our weakened Fire Service and bring it back to the proud level it once was. Good labour relations will do this. Listen to the people who you have worked with for so many years and you will build a strong relationship as well as a top notch service.
    Good public services show businesses that this is a good place to work and also show people that this is a good and safe place to live.

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