Saskatoon names new fire chief

Watch above: After more than 30 years of service, Saskatoon Fire Department Chief Dan Paulsen is retiring. He reflects back on his time with the department in this interview with Lisa Dutton.

SASKATOON – Saskatoon has named a new fire chief. Morgan Hackl will become chief of the Saskatoon Fire Department on Aug. 1.

He will replace Dan Paulsen, who is retiring at the end of July after more than 30 years of service with the department.

“Over his 28 year career with the department, Morgan has been involved in every aspect of operations and comes very qualified to now lead and continue making strides with the many performance improvement initiatives underway,” said Murray Totland, Saskatoon’s city manager.

Hackl has progressed up the ranks and in 2013, he became a battalion chief. The following year, he was named assistant chief.

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Totland said the department will be in good hands.

“His efforts will help us continually improve the quality of life for our citizens.”

Paulsen first started his career with Saskatoon Fire Department on May 1, 1984 as a firefighter, a position he served in until 1998 when he moved to the training division in the area of technical rescue after completing his fire company officer training.

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In 2003, Paulsen was promoted to assistant chief in training and in 2008, transferred to assistant chief of communication and administration.

He was named chief in 2012.

“Chief Paulsen is a tremendous leader who has guided and trained hundreds of fire personnel over the past several years,” said Totland.

Paulsen holds several professional certificates related to fire service and is recognized by the court as an expert witness in fire dynamics.

His last day is July 31.

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