Perry Leonard Brooks was born near Exeter, Devonshire, England on October 16, 1885. Brooks moved to Calgary in 1907 and worked with the City Public Works department until December 23, 1908 when he joined the Calgary Fire Department. He was promoted to Captain in just four years. Brooks also served as president of the local firefighters union (the AFL) and as a member of the Federation of Civic Employees. From 1934 to 1935 he served as a labour member on the Calgary Public School Board. Brooks was appointed Chief of the Calgary Fire Department on March 9, 1950 and retired seven months later on October 16, 1950. Chief Brooks passed away six years later, on October 2, 1956, and was honored with one of the City's largest funeral processions in its history.