1999 - 2005
Wayne Morris was born and raised in Calgary and joined the Fire Department in 1966. Morris was hard-working, athletic, and lead by example. He worked his way slowly up the ranks until he was appointed Fire Chief in 1999. During his time as chief, Morris was influential in implementing a new Health and Wellness Program, as well as the first Canadian Aquatic Rescue Program. He was also the CEO for the 1997 World Police and Fire Games held in Calgary, and won gold and silver medals in triathlon and cycling events for his age group. Chief Morris retired in May of 2005. Even after his retirement, Chief Morris remained active with the Calgary Firefighters Benevolent Fund, which helps current and former fire department staff in times of distress. Chief Wayne Morris passed away from cancer on August 1, 2012 at the age of 66.