July 8, 2014 1:57 pm

Retiring fire chief reflects on nine years in Calgary

CALGARY – Fire Chief Bruce Burrell officially announced his retirement on Tuesday, saying he is resigning one year early for family reasons.

Global News learned last week that Burrell would be leaving his position at the end of July.

He says he is proud to have served as the city’s fire chief for nine years, as well as the head of Calgary’s Emergency Management Agency.

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Burrell says his biggest surprise when he first arrived in Calgary, was that the Calgary Fire Department wasn’t more “modern.”

“There was a capital funding gap that had to be corrected in order to modernize the fleet, and modernize the facilities,” says Burrell.

Despite that, Burrell says staff did their best with what they had.

“[They were] highly professional, even though they were working with some outdated equipment and some facilities that needed some TLC. The men and women in this department have been exemplary through my entire career here.”

Burrell says he will be moving back to Halifax, where he once served as the deputy chief.

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