NIAGARA FALLS, ON - The City of Niagara Falls is pleased to announce the appointment of Deputy Fire Chief, Jo Zambito, as the Niagara Falls Fire Department’s new Fire Chief. Council approved the appointment at their meeting on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Zambito will step into the role of outgoing Fire Chief Jim Boutilier, who recently announced his retirement, following 31 years of service with the City.
Jo Zambito was hired as the City’s Deputy Fire Chief of Operations in 2016, coordinating and overseeing the Suppression and Training divisions, and assuming the responsibilities of the Fire Chief/CEMC in the Chief’s absence. He was recently appointed by the Office of Fire Marshall and Emergency Management as Alternate Fire Coordinator for the Region of Niagara.
Jo began his 25 year career in Fire Services as Deputy Fire Chief at the Town of Niagara on the Lake in 1995. Prior to this experience, Jo worked for the Town as a Building Inspector and Municipal Enforcement Officer.
He holds a Graduate Diploma from Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, an Executive Diploma in Municipal Management from the AMCTO and a Professional Management Certificate from the Goodman School of Business.
Incoming Chief Zambito stated, “I am honoured and privileged to be given the opportunity to serve as Fire Chief for the City of Niagara Falls and stand alongside such a professional and progressive department. We are truly blessed to have a devoted team who continuously demonstrates an unwavering commitment and who take pride in ensuring that they provide high quality service for all residents, businesses and the millions of visitors to our city." He added, “I feel extremely proud to represent such a fine organization. By embarking on this new journey, I look forward to supporting our department as we continue to grow and ensure that we stay at the forefront of the fire service. I extend my sincerest gratitude to Chief Boutilier who gave me an incredible opportunity as his Deputy Chief and for his mentorship and support. I wish him good health and happiness in his retirement.”
“Niagara Falls residents are fortunate to have experienced and committed individuals like Jo working at the City of Niagara Falls Fire Department,” said CAO Ken Todd. “I am confident in Jo’s leadership and feel he will be an excellent complement to the Senior Management Team. I know that our Fire Department will continue to thrive and meet the growing demands of our community under Jo’s direction.”
Niagara Falls Fire Department has 146 full-time personnel, and a volunteer complement of 104 serving the community.
For more information, contact:
Director of Human Resources
City of Niagara Falls