Red Deer’s Ken McMullen, awarded national Career Fire Chief of the Year

The City of Red Deer’s Ken McMullen was awarded the 2020 Career Fire Chief of the Year by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs on Sept. 14.

The top award recognizes an individual fire chief whose attributes and accomplishments goes beyond the call of duty and exceeds the job description of a fire chief.

“As Manager/Chief of Red Deer Emergency Services, Ken exemplifies leadership excellence every day, not only to his own department, but to the entire City of Red Deer organization and the community,” said Paul Goranson, General Manager of Utilities and Protective Services. “He leads by example, whether on duty or off, and is dedicated to the mental health of his staff and others, leading many initiatives related to this important issue.”

McMullen also works to influence positive change provincially, nationally and internationally through his work with the Integrated Emergency Services Chiefs across Alberta, his role as the Vice President with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, and as the Canadian Division Director with the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

McMullen specialized in emergency management during his career. As a member of Canada Task Force 2, he is often called upon in natural disasters, including the Slave Lake Fire in 2010, the Calgary and High River Floods in 2013, and as the Task Force Commander during the Fort McMurray wildfires in 2016.

McMullen has played a lead role in working within the City of Red Deer’s emergency operations during the pandemic response and recovery operations. 

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