Fire Chief Ken Block has been named Fire Chief of the Year for 2015 by the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association.
The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association brings together chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments in Canada, the U.S. and abroad to share information. One of the goals of the association is recognizing Fire Chiefs for outstanding accomplishments and performance.
“As a Fire Chief, he is the best example of what a Metro Chief should be: intelligent, involved, professional and passionate,” says Chief G. Keith Bryant, the Oklahoma City Fire Chief and current President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. “As a person he is a true gentleman with a tremendous amount of humility who personifies servant leadership.”
The Metropolitan Fire Chief of the Year Award is based on a majority vote by all association members. This award honors accomplishments and contributions to fire safety, to demonstrated leadership, to challenges overcome or to other achievements made in the provision of fire rescue services.
Chief Block has been commended for his leadership and work in earning Edmonton Fire Rescue Services a reputation as one of North America’s most progressive and respected fire departments.
More specifically, Chief Block worked extremely hard to introduce legislation that recognizes 14 cancers as being job related for firefighters in Alberta. He has taken the latest research about the increase risk of cancer faced by firefighters and formed alliances with national and international organizations to educate those responsible for implementing similar legislation across North America.
“I am very honoured and humbled by this award and accept it on behalf of all the staff at Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.” says Chief Block. “This internationally recognized fire service award is a testament to our department’s commitment to safety and teamwork. I look forward to continuing to elevate our fire department services, facilities and processes to enhance the lives of the people we serve.”
Mayor Don Iveson and Council recognized Chief Block for his achievements during the City Council meeting on June 10.