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April 15, 2003
City of Toronto appoints new fire chief
Works and Emergency Services - William A. Stewart, a 31-year fire service
veteran, has been appointed to the position of Fire Chief, Toronto Fire
Services, effective May 1, 2003.

"It is both an honour and a privilege to accept this position," said Stewart
who most recently served as Deputy Chief of Toronto Fire Services for the past
five years. "I look forward to continuing to work with the excellent staff of
men and women who make up Toronto Fire Services."

Stewart served in various capacities including fire fighter, company officer
and as a senior officer with the former City of North York. He replaces Chief
Al Speed, who retires from the City formally on April 30, 2003.

"Bill has been an exceptional municipal employee for the past 31 years and we
are confident that he will meet all the challenges presented at Toronto Fire
Services," said Barry Gutteridge, Commissioner of Works and Emergency

"Bill is a member of a family that has served fire services for three
generations. His father, Tom Stewart, was a District Chief for the former City
of Toronto."

Toronto Fire Services is committed to the protection of life, property and the
environment from fire, hazardous materials, natural disasters and other

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