Deputy Chief Roger Mayo retires from Niagara EMS

Roger Mayo graduated from University of Guelph in 1982, and Centennial College in Ambulance and Emergency Care in 1983. He started his career with the District of Halton and Mississauga Ambulance Service, where he was promoted to supervisor in 1986 and then district supervisor in 1989.

He was then regional training co-ordinator with Cambridge Base Hospital from 1991-1999, with the introduction of Basic Trauma Life Support to paramedics across the province, including Niagara.

In November of 1999, Roger joined Niagara EMS as manager of quality improvement and standards. He co-chaired on several paramedic committees for equipment and inventory for the service. Roger co-ordinated continuous medical education for the paramedics. In 2001, he assisted the director in key ambulance coverage proposals to increase service hours resulting in the hiring of 28 new paramedics for the year 2001.

In 2002, he joined the Region of Waterloo EMS as deputy chief of operations. He was a key contributor to the development of the Region’s first EMS Master plan in December 2007.

Roger returned to Niagara EMS in 2013 and took the role as deputy chief.

During this time Roger contributed in many other ways including most recently as management representative for Ontario Health Care Health and Safety Committee, Under Section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Subcommittee EMS, Red Cross National First Aid Technical Advisory Group and Chair of Victim Services Niagara.

Roger is a member of the EMS Exemplary Service Medal - Ontario Provincial Awards Committee and assists with the annual Awards with the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs  since 2005, and is a recipient of the EMS Exemplary Medal plus Bar from the Governor General of Canada.

Chief Kevin Smith says, "I would like to congratulate Roger on his 37 years of dedication to the paramedic profession. Deputy Chief Mayo has been a key contributor the past seven years in the success of Niagara EMS and will continue to represent the service with Victim Services Niagara and be an active member of our alumni. On behalf of our organization I wish Roger and his family all the best in this next chapter of his life."

After an amazing 37 year career, Roger is about to move to a new chapter. One in which he now reports to his one and only chief, his wife Kathy!


Bryce Brunarski
Niagara Region

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