2005 - 2014
Bruce Burrell began his career as a firefighter with the Halifax Fire and Emergency Service in 1984. Climbing through the ranks, he assumed the role of Deputy Chief Director in Halifax in 2003 and was appointed Chief of the Calgary Fire Department in August 2005. Since his appointment, Chief Burrell has been instrumental in developing, expanding, and implementing initiatives that have increased the CFD's accountability, as well as its participation in the community. One of Chief Burrell's primary goals has been to ensure the sustainability and viability of the Calgary Fire Department through long-term strategic planning, capital planning, and human resource development. In addition to his commitments to the CFD, Chief Burrell has served as president and past president of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, member of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, the National Fire Protection Association, and the International Association of Emergency Managers, amongst others. Currently, Chief Burrell is a commissioner on the board of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. On September 26, 2012, Chief Burrell was recognized as Canadian Fire Chief of the Year. Chief Burrell retired in 2014.