Ken McMullen, new Red Deer fire chief (third from right), during the Fort McMurray fires with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Rachel Notley. Contributed photo.

Red Deer’s new fire chief brings experience, passion

Though he only has two days on the job in Red Deer, the city’s new fire chief brings 21 years of experience with him.

Ken McMullen started as fire chief and emergency services manager with Red Deer Emergency Services on Monday.

His most recent post had him working with the City of Calgary in both the Calgary Fire Department and the Calgary Emergency Management Agency for nine years.

He started as a volunteer firefighter in the mid-1990s and has since worked for the Municipal District of Rocky View, the Province of Alberta, Airdrie and Calgary.

He is also a member of the Canada Emergency Task Force 2, which is a heavy search and rescue team. With them he attended and assisted during the Fort McMurray wildfires of 2017, the Calgary floods of 2013 and the Slave Lake fire of 2011.

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