FREDERICKTOWN — The board members of the Fredericktown Community Fire District met in a special meeting Dec. 9 to appoint an acting chief.

After a brief public participation session and executive session, Assistant Chief Dwayne Canter was named acting chief. He will assume those duties Jan. 1, 2020.

Canter joined the fire department in 1992 as a line firefighter and worked his way through the ranks of lieutenant and captain before being named assistant chief in February of 2010. He is highly active in all aspects of the fire department; run response, training, response, communications, the cadet program, maintenance, public education and records.

“The appointment of Dwayne as the acting chief of our department is a crucial step towards maintaining continuity within the department operations and the services we provide along with upholding the quality and integrity,” said current FCFD Chief Scott Mast. “He is well versed in our policies and procedures and instrumental towards assisting with the day to day activities.”

In January 2018, Canter was recognized for his dedication and response to calls with the FCFD throughout his career. He was presented with a special plaque to signify the accomplishment of having responded to 3,072 calls since joining the fire district.

“His dedication to the FCFD and our community is exhibited through continually being among the top responders to emergency calls, commitment to attending training sessions, and participation in community outreach events,” Mast said.

Canter is certified at the Firefighter II (240-hour) level of education and is a Certified Fire Safety Inspector. He holds a fire protection license from the Ohio Department of Commerce – Division of the State Fire Marshal.

He resides in Fredericktown with his wife, Heather, and their daughter, Brianna.


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