Oshawa Fire Chief Derrick Clark has recently added to his already impressive list of awards this year.
Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter presented the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal to Clark at the final council meeting before summer recess.
“(This) is in recognition of 30 years of local and exemplary service to public safety in Canada from the governor general,” said Carter.
The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal honors good conduct, industry and efficiency in members of Canadian fire services who have given more than 20 years of service (at least ten years of which were performing duties involving potential risks).
In January, Clark was named Ontario’s Fire Chief of the Year. Each year, the provincial award, sponsored by Toronto law firm Hicks Morley, recognizes outstanding leadership and a fire chief who has made a huge difference in this sector.
In December, Clark was recognized as a Champion of Mental Health Award winner by the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment. He was one of 20 winners and Canada’s only fire chief to recently receive the award.
Clark is a 35-year veteran of Oshawa Fire Services. He was appointed fire chief in 2017.
He has been praised for his efforts to expand the mental health supports available for Oshawa firefighters — including partnerships with the Durham Region Critical Incident Stress Support Team and Wounded Warriors Canada, and expanding access to mental health services (one-on-one peer support, defuses and debriefs, workshops, retreats and counselling).