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September 25, 2008
Toronto Fire Chief wins fire award
  
Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart has been named Full Time Fire Chief of the Year by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC).

The award was announced at the closing ceremonies of the CAFC’s annual Fire-Rescue Conference in Whitehorse last night. The award recognizes outstanding contributions made to the betterment of the individual’s community and of the fire services industry.

Incoming CAFC President Bruce Burrell, Fire Chief of Calgary, congratulated Chief Stewart and noted, “On this, the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, we are particularly pleased to be able to recognize as Fire Chief of the Year, a man with such impressive credentials in Canada and the world.”

“This is indeed an honour and I’ll remember this for years to come,” said Chief Stewart. “I want to thank the president of the CAFC, members of the board and the membership for bestowing this upon me.”

"Chief Stewart is a tremendous example of the courage, commitment and dedication required to lead Toronto Fire Services," said Toronto Mayor David Miller. "He leads an organization whose members risk their lives every day to keep Torontonians safe in the face of increasing emergency service challenges with professionalism and pride."

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 36-year career with Fire Services as an operations fire fighter, climbing the ranks to assume the role of Fire Chief on May 1, 2003. He leads the largest Fire Services in Canada and fifth largest in North America, with 82 fire stations and over 3,100 personnel.

Among his many responsibilities, he has served as a member of the Professional Standards Setting Body, Ontario Fire College, in the review of all standards for firefighter training in Ontario; is Chairman of the Fire Apparatus and Equipment Committee, Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada; is President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association; International Association of Fire Chiefs/National Fire Protection Association; and is the International President Elect of the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Media contact: Jim Stoops, Executive Officer - Toronto Fire Service, 416-338-9550, jstoops@toronto.ca


 

 

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