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May 27, 2010
Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart named Fire Chief of the Year
Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart has been named Fire Chief of the Year by the Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Fire Protection Association. The award was announced at the closing of the recent annual conference of fire chiefs that was held in Memphis, Tennessee.

"On behalf of Toronto City Council and all Torontonians, I am extremely proud of Chief Stewart and congratulate him for once again being recognized for his leadership," said Mayor David Miller. "The courage, commitment and dedication the members of the Toronto Fire Services show every day in the face of increasing public safety challenges is a reflection of that leadership."

“It is a true honour to be recognized by the Metro Chiefs," said Chief Stewart. “I would like to thank them for bestowing this upon me."

Chief Stewart began his professional career with the former City of North York Fire Department prior to amalgamation of the City of Toronto on January 1, 1998. He began his 38-year career with Fire Services as an operations firefighter, climbing the ranks to assume the role of Fire Chief on May 1, 2003. He leads the largest Fire Services operation in Canada and the fifth largest in North America, with 82 fire stations and about 3,100 personnel.

Among his many responsibilities, he has served as a member of the Professional Standards Setting Body of the Ontario Fire College reviewing standards for firefighter training in Ontario. Chief Stewart also serves as the 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.

More information about the recent conference in Memphis:

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
David Sheen, Division Chief, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9101,



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