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Bracebridge fire chief receives Alf Stone Award from OAFC

May 5, 2023 
By FFIC Staff

Bracebridge Fire Chief Murray Medley

May 05, 2023, Bracebridge, Ont. – Bracebridge Fire Chief Murray Medley was presented with the Alf Stone Award by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) at the annual conference and tradeshow in Mississauga, Ont. on Thursday.

Chief Medley has left an impression on the Bracebridge Fire Department during his 45-year career. As chief, he made significant impacts that improved equipment and safety, modernized procedures, and ensured ongoing success and efficiency.

“Chief Murray Medley embodies all the best qualities of Ontario’s Fire Service. His commitment to his family, community, and coworkers is second to none. Chief Medley’s passion and tireless work ethic laid the foundations to ensure that Bracebridge is always kept safe by properly trained and dedicated individuals. On behalf of the OAFC, congratulations Chief Medley on winning the 2023 Alf Stone Award,'” said Mark Tishman, OAFC executive director in a press release.

It’s Chief Medley’s guidance, steadiness and expertise that have made him a dedicated leader who has supported the community through its most challenging times. His passion for fire and community safety is admirable and permeates throughout the department.


Chief Medley epitomizes the idea of leading by example. As a team comprised of volunteer firefighters, he empowers them to see themselves as leaders, to recognize the difference and impact they have on the community, and to continually improve themselves through training and leadership opportunities. The chief’s approach to fostering a culture of teamwork and belonging has ensured the fire stations are welcome safe spaces that feel like one’s second family, and he works hard to maintain that feeling.

“To say that I was shocked by this recognition would be an understatement. It is an absolute honour to be recognized with the Alf Stone Award from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs. I have cherished every day of my time with the Bracebridge Fire Department and have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing colleagues. My success in this role is entirely due to the ongoing support and success of the entire Town of Bracebridge team. I am so proud of what we have accomplished together, and it has been a privilege to serve the community,” Medley said in a press release.

Alf Stone was a long-standing OAFC partner and loyal supporter of the association. He was a gentleman, leader, mentor, hard worker, and partner. His namesake award recognizes members who exhibit the same work ethic as he did and demonstrate leadership, honesty and respect.

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