Strathcona County welcomes new fire chief

October 4, 2017

Strathcona County welcomes new fire chief

Strathcona County welcomes Dan Lemieux as the new Director of Emergency Services and Fire Chief, effective October 2, 2017, following a successful recruitment process.

“Chief Lemieux’s extensive experience in emergency management and leadership roles is a valuable asset to our community,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “His passion for excellence is sure to benefit residents, staff, industry and stakeholders throughout Strathcona County.”

Chief Lemieux has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, a Masters in Business Administration and several designations which include the Canadian Registered Safety Professional, Certified Professional in Human Resources, and the Certified Local Government Manager designation.

He was employed with the City of Grande Prairie for over twenty-five years and brings a wealth of management, private and public sector experience. Chief Lemieux joined the Grande Prairie Fire Department as Deputy Chief in 2002, and has been the Fire Chief for the past nine years. He has an extensive background in Emergency Management with specialized Incident Command System training, and has been a member of the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Preparedness Partnership since 1989. He has also been a contract instructor with Northern Lakes College for the past eight years, teaching many leadership and supervisory courses.

Chief Lemieux and his wife are involved in several volunteer and community organizations, and have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Strathcona County Emergency Services is an integrated emergency services department that provides fire, rescue, emergency medical service (EMS) and hazardous materials response. Emergency Services is also responsible for emergency communications, emergency management, corporate business continuity, fire investigation, inspection, prevention and public education programs.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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