Council Congratulates Doug Soucha
The Council of the Town of Bancroft congratulate Doug Soucha, Chief of the Hastings Quinte EMS in his appointment as Portfolio Manager for the Paramedic Community of Practice in the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).
Council is very proud and honoured that Bancroft’s John O’Donnell has been appointed Chief of the Hastings Quinte EMS during Mr. Soucha’s time with DND. John continues to reside in our community and is well known for his many years of professionalism, exceptional service and community contributions not only with EMS but with volunteer based organizations and efforts.
County EMS Chief Leaving for Department of National Defence
Hastings County EMS Chief Doug Socha has been recruited by the Department of
National Defence to work in their Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP). He is
representing the paramedic community across the country as the Paramedic Portfolio
This is a two year secondment from his duties as EMS Chief in Hastings County.
“Today we are announcing the signing of an Interchange Agreement between the
County and the Department of National Defence which will mean our EMS Chief Doug
Socha will be moving to DND for the next two years,” said County Warden Rick Phillips.
“All of us on County Council are thrilled for Doug and happy that his skills and abilities
are being recognized by the Federal Government. It is a real compliment to Doug and
as his employer we are very pleased to support him and National Defence with this
secondment” added Phillips.
“I am very thankful for the support of the County Council and my colleagues on the
Department Head team,” said Socha. “It is, in my opinion, a measure of the progressive
and forward thinking approach that I see on a daily basis in Hastings County,” he
Chief Socha will serve as Portfolio Manager for the Paramedic Community of
Practice in the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).
The CSSP program aims to develop science and technology solutions to
anticipate and prevent incidents that threaten Canada’s safety and security, to
prepare and respond to these incidents when they happen and, ultimately, to
recover from their aftermath.
• The program brings together the best minds from all levels of government,
industry, academia, and response and emergency management agencies in
emergency and security planning/operations
• During Mr. Socha’s time with DND he will be replaced by Deputy Chief John
O’Donnell who takes on, immediately, all the responsibilities and authorities as
Chief of the Hastings Quinte EMS.
• Mr. O’Donnell is currently the Deputy Chief of Operations and has 36 years of
For more information contact:
Rick Phillips, Warden
Jim Pine, CAO
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The Visitation for Steve will be held on July 1 at 12:00 noon at the Pentecostal Church.
The funeral will be at 2:00 pm.
The Family is requesting that donations be made to the Shriners Hospital.
With regards to the ONTARIO DISASTER RELIEF ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Affecting the designated area of the Town of Bancroft and the Municipality of Hastings Highlands
Currently the development and appointment of the Bancroft and Hastings Highlands Disaster Relief Committee (DRC) is in progress. Once the appointment of the DRC has taken place, the DRC will get into action providing locations of where victims of the flood can obtain claim forms as well as the deadline for submission.
PLEASE KEEP POSTED FOR FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE DRC