1979 - 1983
Frank Archer was born in Durham, England on February 9, 1924. He moved to Drumheller, Alberta with his parents when he was just three years old. The family moved to Calgary when Frank was six. Archer's first job was as a part-time handyman in a city restaurant. When Archer turned 17, he enlisted in the Navy. He served as a torpedoman with the Atlantic Convoys and also saw duty in the Pacific. Archer returned to Calgary in 1945 and joined the Fire Department on May 1, 1946. After acquiring a public administration associate degree from Mount Royal College, Archer was appointed Fire Chief on August 17, 1979. During Archer's time as Fire Chief, the department had to cope with roughtly 1, 100 house fires in three consecutive years (1980, 1981, 1982). The rates of house fires in Calgary has never approached the numbers from the early 1980's. Chief Archer retired four years later, on September 6, 1983.