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Calgary chief elected CAFC president

Sept. 29, 2008, Whitehorse -Calgary Fire Chief Bruce Burrell has been elected as the new president of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

September 29, 2008
By Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs

The CAFC, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is a
non-partisan national association representing some 1,000 chief fire officers
in all provinces and territories.

In accepting the presidency from outgoing president Patrick Burke, Fire
Marshal of Ontario, Chief Burrell said: "My focus continuing to highlight
the need for a national voice for the Canadian fire service. I will continue to
support initiatives and calls to action by all levels of government to support
volunteer firefighters and  changes to the building and fire codes.” He added,
“I will work with CAFC members to enhance the capability of municipalities to
deal with the broad range of risks facing them and their fire departments.”Fire Chief Burrell began his fire fighting career as a volunteer in New Minas, N.S. He joined the Halifax Fire Department in 1984 and
became deputy chief director for the department in June 2003. He became Calgary fire in August 2005.

The Calgary Fire Department has approximately 1,275 members. There are 33 fire halls in Calgary, with another being opened in about a  month,
serving Calgary’s population of  more than 1 million.

Before his election as president, Chief Burrell was first vice-president of
the CAFC.

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