Robert Comeau – Section 8
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
60 Harbour Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 1B7
Fire Chief Comeau begin his Career as a military Firefighter with the Department of National Defence in 1988 and completed most of his ARFF training at the Canadian Force Fire Academy in Borden Ontario, Canada. His new passion began at the Canadian Force Base, Trenton, Ontario as a Journeyman ARFF Firefighter. He was also part of a the Canadian Forces deployable MAG team that assisted all emergency jet fighter planes landing across Canada. In 1995 Robert was deployed to Haiti as a Peacekeeper with the MINUHA organisation. Once he returned in 1996 he moved to CFB Esquimalt, Victoria, BC as a Shipboard Firefighter and Senior Firefighter on HMCS Huron, HMCS Annapolis and as an Instructor at the Damage Control Training Facility. In 1999 he returned back to his birth Province, CFB Bagotville Quebec as a 2/IC, Hazmat Technician, and Mobile Arrested Gear Operator for the CF-18 fighter jet 425 squadron and was a 2 I/C and participant with the Canadian Armed Forces Firefighter Combat Challenge Team for a total of 5 years. In 2002 he returned back to CFB Trenton as a Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Technician and Instructor with the JNBCD unit. Robert’s passion with the media took him to Ottawa In 2005 to fulfill a position as a News Anchor/ journalist for the Directorate of Army Public Affair in order to promote the firefighter trade.
In 2008 he returned as a Platoon Chief in CFB Trenton. He completed during that time his Managerial and Incident Commander course. In 2009 he was deployed to the Canadian Forces Station Alert, Nunavut « the most northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world” as the Fire Chief. On his returned he was the Fire Marshall in Pettawawa, Ontario Canada for more then 235 men and women to be deployed in Dubai United Arab Emirates. In 2010 Robert retired from the military and accepted a new challenge with the City of Quinte West, Ontario as a Fire Prevention Officer. In 2015 Robert move to the most populated City of Canada Toronto at the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Emergency Response Services as the Fire Chief and Emergency Response Planning Manager. On April 2016 Robert will fulfill a two year term as the Director for Section 8 with the ARFF Working Group.
Robert is bilingual, Certified Municipal Manager III, certified Fire and Explosive Investigator with a versatile background. He also received the Canadian Force decoration, Minuha and Peacekeeper medals. Robert Career path would not be possible without the support of is wife and two sons