MARKHAM, ON – November 10, 2020 – The City of Markham is pleased to announce that Adam J. Grant was appointed as the new Fire Chief for Markham Fire and Emergency Services, by a unanimous vote of Council, effective today. The appointment follows the retirement of Chief Dave Decker.

Chief Grant has 14 years of committed and dedicated public service with the City of Markham. He joined Markham Fire and Emergency Services in 2006 and has previously served in the roles of Fire Prevention Officer, Public Education Officer, Chief Fire Prevention Officer and most recently, Deputy Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator. Chief Grant has also been instrumental in leading the City’s Emergency Operations Centre most recently through the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Chief Adam Grant brings an extraordinary record of accomplishment to the role as Fire Chief with a passion for fire prevention, education and staff development," said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "A compassionate and determined professional, Chief Grant is as much a teacher as he is a first responder. Under Chief Grant’s leadership, we know that innovation and creativity will be at the core of his leadership. His vision for Markham Fire and Emergency Services complements the overall vision of our city: Leading through Innovation. I extend my congratulations to Chief Grant’s wife Laurel and their daughter Isla, as well as his parents, siblings and extended family."

CAO Andy Taylor said, “It’s my pleasure to welcome and congratulate our new Fire Chief Adam Grant. Leadership and strategic thinking are two of Chief Grant’s greatest strengths. I’m very confident that Chief Grant will provide strong leadership to MFES through his vision, passion, dedication, commitment and innovation for the community, his staff, his colleagues, and Council. Congratulations Chief Grant.”


Left to right: Former Fire Chief Dave Decker, Isla, Laurel, Chief Adam Grant, CAO Andy Taylor, Deputy Fire Chief Chris Nearing

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected:

Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.

MARKHAM, ON – November 10, 2020 – The City of Markham is pleased to announce that Adam J. Grant was appointed as the new Fire Chief for Markham Fire and Emergency Services, by a unanimous vote of Council, effective today. The appointment follows the retirement of Chief Dave Decker.

Chief Grant has 14 years of committed and dedicated public service with the City of Markham. He joined Markham Fire and Emergency Services in 2006 and has previously served in the roles of Fire Prevention Officer, Public Education Officer, Chief Fire Prevention Officer and most recently, Deputy Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator. Chief Grant has also been instrumental in leading the City’s Emergency Operations Centre most recently through the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Chief Adam Grant brings an extraordinary record of accomplishment to the role as Fire Chief with a passion for fire prevention, education and staff development," said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "A compassionate and determined professional, Chief Grant is as much a teacher as he is a first responder. Under Chief Grant’s leadership, we know that innovation and creativity will be at the core of his leadership. His vision for Markham Fire and Emergency Services complements the overall vision of our city: Leading through Innovation. I extend my congratulations to Chief Grant’s wife Laurel and their daughter Isla, as well as his parents, siblings and extended family."

CAO Andy Taylor said, “It’s my pleasure to welcome and congratulate our new Fire Chief Adam Grant. Leadership and strategic thinking are two of Chief Grant’s greatest strengths. I’m very confident that Chief Grant will provide strong leadership to MFES through his vision, passion, dedication, commitment and innovation for the community, his staff, his colleagues, and Council. Congratulations Chief Grant.”


Left to right: Former Fire Chief Dave Decker, Isla, Laurel, Chief Adam Grant, CAO Andy Taylor, Deputy Fire Chief Chris Nearing

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected:

Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.