Julian Fantino Named Commissioner Of Emergency Management
Toronto Police Chief To Ensure Coordinated Response In Times Of Crisis
QUEEN'S PARK -- The Province has appointed Julian Fantino Commissioner of Emergency Management as part of its ongoing plan to ensure the security of Ontarians.
"Julian Fantino has a long record of public service through public safety," said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. "His years as Chief of Police in London, York Region and Toronto have equipped him well for this new challenge: working with government, police, fire departments, transit systems and all Ontarians to ensure we're prepared to cope with a major emergency."
Along with serving as Chief of Police of London from 1991 to 1998, York Region from 1998 to 2000 and Toronto from 2000 to 2005, Fantino has developed an expertise in public security in times of crisis.
He directed the policing response for the SARS outbreak and the blackout that hit Toronto in 2003. He directed the development of an upgraded emergency response plan for the Toronto Police Service, and he has spoken around the world on emergency preparedness, fighting terrorism and providing security for events such as the Olympics and papal visits.
Fantino is only the second person to hold the post of Commissioner of Emergency Management, which was created last year to ensure a coordinated response to emergency situations.
He succeeds Dr. James Young, who has accepted a new post with the federal government.
"I want to thank Dr. Young for his work, and I want to thank Chief Fantino for taking on the job," said Monte Kwinter, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. "Ontarians are fortunate to have someone of his stature and his experience."
Premier McGuinty stressed that Ontario must be prepared in case of a crisis.
"After the challenges posed by SARS and the blackout, we know Ontarians can respond magnificently in challenging times. We need to work together to ensure we can respond quickly and effectively to all future challenges as well," said Premier McGuinty.
"In a post-9/11 world, there's no reason to alarm people, but there is every reason to equip and inform people, so an action plan is always in place, should we need one. I know Mr. Fantino is going to work with us and people across the province to do just that."