The City of Thompson Fire and Emergency Service welcomes you!
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.
City of Thompson
Director of Fire and Public Safety
226 Mystery Lake Road
Phone: (204) 677-7915