July 3, 2014 2:48 pm

Calgary Fire Chief Bruce Burrell to retire

CALGARY- A year after leading the city’s flood disaster recovery, Calgary Fire Chief Bruce Burrell is retiring.

The Fire Department has confirmed he will leave his position at the end of July.

Burrell was hired as the chief in August 2005, coming from Halifax where he was Deputy Chief. He arrived as the city was experiencing a building and population boom, and oversaw a major expansion of the fire department, building new stations and recruiting more firefighters.

However, it was his role as the head of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency during last year’s flood that he will be remembered.

READ MORE: Bruce Burrell looks back at the 2013 June floods

The Deputy Chief of CEMA, Tom Sampson calls Burrell a great leader and great visionary.

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