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February 14, 2012
Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart announces his retirement

Toronto Fire Chief William A. Stewart has officially announced of his intention to retire from the Toronto Fire Services.

Chief Stewart is a 39-year Fire Services veteran, having served in the former City of North York Fire Department for 26 years before the amalgamation that created the new City of Toronto on January 1, 1998. During his career, he has served as an operations firefighter, Captain, Administration Chief, Assistant Deputy and Deputy Chief, and as the Fire Chief since May 1, 2003.

Chief "Bill" Stewart served as a member of the Professional Standards Setting Body, Ontario Fire College, in the review of standards for firefighter training in Ontario. He is also a Past President, Institution of Fire Engineers (Canada Branch), and Advisory Board Member of Humber College's Fire Services Program, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. He continues to serve as a Director and a Past International President of the Institution of Fire Engineers and is a Past President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs/National Fire Protection Association.

Chief Stewart is committed to lifelong learning, and is currently serving as a board member for Public Administration and Governance, Ryerson University.

Chief Stewart's last day at work with the City of Toronto will be April 30, 2012.

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