1988 - 1999
Jack Ross joined the Calgary Fire Department in 1966. He was appointed Fire Chief on May 7, 1988. Fiscal pressures had not eased up on the Fire Department throughout the 1990's - Chief Ross recalled the motto of the times as "doing more with less." The number of firefighters actually declined in the early 90's until 1995, when twenty new recruits were hired. Chief Ross managed to deal with the department's financial constraints despite the city's growth and was even able to expand the department's expertise. The Heavy Rescue Program was introduced in 1991 to deal with collapsed structures. Chief Ross worked in many volunteer roles with various organizations, including the World Police and Fire Games, United Way, and the Joint Burns Memorial Fund, among others. Chief Jack Ross retired in 1999.