Sault Fire Services hires Army Veteran

Firefighter Craig Genys stands in front of Aerial 1 after receiving his helmet, April 19, 2021 (

In a Sault Fire Services’ Twitter post, Firefighter Recruit Craig Genys was welcomed as our city’s newest firefighter.

Genys comes back to Sault Ste. Marie, his hometown, from Barrie Fire Services and previous to that, the Canadian Armed Forces.

During his time with the Canadian Armed Forces he was deployed to both Afghanistan and Haiti for different missions and believes his experience is an asset to Sault Ste. Marie.

“I feel my experience with Barrie Fire & Emergency Service (BFES) and the CAF will help the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie as much as the city will help me.  I have  always taken great pride in serving my country, as well as the community and getting involved where I can,” said Genys in a recent interview. “Already, I have met some amazing people in the SSMFS and look forward to working with and learning from them.  I can’t tell you how happy I am to do the job I love in my home town.”

According to Fire Chief Peter Johnson, Genys has everything they look for in a potential recruit.

“Hiring new recruits develops the future of our service. We have a unique and diverse group of Firefighters within our local service. There is no cookie cutter approach to hiring new recruits,” said Johnson.

“The Fire Service requires dynamic individuals that have the ability to problem solve, think and react to matters quickly and be adaptive to their changing environment. Firefighter Recruit Genys has demonstrated all of these abilities and will be a welcome addition to our team.”

In a time where veterans have said it can sometimes be difficult to get a job, Genys thinks they can be an asset to any company.

“I feel it is important for companies and organizations to hire CAF veterans, as they have training and experience that are unique and valuable anywhere.  Whether it is specific leadership training or dealing with extraordinary circumstances,” said Genys.

“CAF members and veterans have often had to find solutions to complex problems very early in their career.  Also, many can draw from experiences learned in different communities across the country and the globe.  I feel that exposure can bring a mindset and view circumstances in new and insightful ways that companies and organization might not otherwise have considered.”

SaultOnline wishes Genys a long and safe career serving our community.


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