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Chief Maskerine

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John F Maskerine has spent over half of his life working as Firefighter. He has a passion and love for his career and for the safety of his fellow neighbors.

In March of 1969 he joined the Town of Thompson’s Volunteer Fire Department; He quickly found his passion and knew that he wanted to make this his life career. In 1971, he became a full time Firefighter for the City of Thompson. Due to his dedication he successfully completed the courses he needed to move himself up the ladder into a senior first class Firefighter. In 1981, he was promoted to lieutenant and in 1985 he again was promoted into the Captains position.

Throughout his career John obtained many certificates to enhance and assist him as a Firefighter. Some of those courses/certificates are but are not limited to; Level 3 certified Firefighters certificate from the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner, Level 3 Fire Inspector, Level 3 Arson Investigator, Level 2 Fire Instructors, Rope Tech and Vehicle Extrication Instructor, Level 2 Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Certificate and a Level 1 Chemical Radioactive Biological and Nuclear Certificates. He also received a Fire Officers’ certificate from the University of Oklahoma.

On the anniversary of John’s 20th year with Thompson Fire and Emergency Services he received the Governor General of Canada for Exemplary Service medal. On his 25th anniversary he received the Manitoba Association of Fire Chief’s long service medal.

In 2005, after 36 years working with the Thompson Fire and Emergency Services he retired from his full time position as Captain and went to work with the Justice Department as a Sheriff’s Officer. He couldn’t bring myself to leave the department completely; He continued to stay on with the City of Thompson Fire and Emergency Services as an auxiliary Firefighter. As a Sheriff’s Officer he was responsible for prisoner escort and court room security. He dedicated himself to the job and quickly moved up in ranks at the Sheriff’s department and within a short period of time was promoted to Deputy Sheriff, second in command.

His love of the Fire department never left. In 2008, he was approached by the City of Thompson to return to the Department as the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations, he didn’t skip a beat and gladly accepted the offer. He continued in that position until 2013, when the position of Director of Fire and Public Safety became available. He was asked to consider moving into that position, which he gladly accepted and is the position he is currently in today.

Contact Information
City of Thompson
Director of Fire and Public Safety
226 Mystery Lake Road
Thompson, MB
R8N 1S6

Phone: (204) 677-7915

Chief and his Deputies

  • Don't Throw Rocks - It's Dangerous and Against the Law

    Report Dangerous Behaviour by calling 204-677-7911 or 204-677-6909. Please click to read more.

  • August 17, 2017 - Public Notice - Boil Water Advisory

    REVISED - The City of Thompson will be undertaking planned work on water distribution lines at the water treatment plant on August 16 and 17, 2017. Due to the length of time that the water system will be shut off the City will automatically be place on a boil water advisory which will be in affect on August 17, 2017. For details please refer to the Public Notice and fact sheets below. Any inquiries, please call 204-677-7910.


    Please be advised that garbage pickup for the Burntwood area will be delayed today. Please leave your garbage at the curbside until it is collected. City of Thompson thanks you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. Please call the Public Works Department at 204-677-7970 for any further information.


    Please be advised that on Monday May 2, 2016, we will commence street sweeping starting with all priority one areas, followed by the residential areas. We will provide updates notifying residents which areas we are working in. Please drive with caution when travelling in these areas. City of Thompson thanks you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. Please call the Public Works Department at 204-677-7970 for any further information.


    Please be advised we are repairing a fire hydrant at the Rotary Splash Park today. This will not cause water disruption in the area. For the safety of our crews and the public, we will be closing the road in front of the Rotary Splash Park on Deerwood Drive and Caribou Road.

Last updated: 10/05/2016 3:04:15 PM