The 2017 Fire Chief of the Year awards were announced during the Awards Gala at the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs’ annual conference, Fire-Rescue Canada, held in Vancouver, British Columbia
"Both of our Fire Chiefs of the Year are mandated to protect the lives and property of their citizens. To do so effectively, they must be committed to training, public education, appropriate equipment and a constant drive to find ever-better ways of doing things” CAFC’s President, Fire Chief Ken Block observed. "More than anything else,” he added, "they have equally shown themselves to be true leaders.”
There are 3,500 fire departments in Canada and 108,000 firefighting personnel. Volunteers comprise 91 percent of all departments and 77 percent of total personnel.
For more information on the Award and Award Criteria, please see the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Website