Bernard "Barney" Lemieux
1954 - 1964
Bernard "Barney" Lemieux was born in Carleton Place, Ontario on April 8, 1900. His family moved to Calgary when he was thirteen years old. Lemieux lied about his age in order to enlist with the Canadian Army, and was sent to France where he fought on the front with the Royal Canadian Regiment. Upon his return to Calgary, he joined the Calgary Fire Department on October 22, 1918. Lemieux was appointed Fire Chief on November 29, 1954. Chief Lemieux is largely credited with the re-organization of the department. He implemented the Calgary Fire Department training school complete with "smoke house" for all firefighters to train on a regular basis. He also introduced more community services including the annual program of collecting and repairing toys for distribution to needy children around Christmas time. After ten years of re-organizing the department, Chief Lemieux retired on December 26, 1964. Chief Bernard "Barney" Lemieux passed away on May 31, 1979.