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Municipality Appoints New Fire Chief

(Fort McMurray, AB – February 16, 2017) – The Municipality is pleased to announce that Jody Butz will begin in the role of Fire Chief on Feb. 27

“We are thrilled to welcome someone with Jody’s experience, skills and knowledge as our next Regional Fire Chief. As a local resident, and employee with Regional Emergency Services (RES) since 2001, Jody knows our region well and brings exceptional leadership and professionalism to the position,” said Annette Antoniak, Interim CAO. “I would like to thank outgoing Fire Chief Darby Allen for his service with the Municipality. We wish him all the best in the future.”

“The appointment of Assistant Deputy Chief Butz demonstrates the excellence of employees within the Fire Department. It’s been a pleasure to work closely with Jody, who played a key leadership role in the Regional Emergency Operations Centre during last year’s wildfire,” said current Fire Chief Darby Allen. “Jody’s experience in Wood Buffalo, as well as in rural and volunteer firefighting, is an asset for our Fire Department. I’m confident that I will be leaving our Fire Department in good hands.”

Prior to his current role as Assistant Deputy Chief of Operations with RES, Jody held a number of positions within the organization. Jody brings with him a wealth of experience in Regional Emergency Operations Centre activations, working during the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildland Fire, 2013 Fort McMurray flood, and other events. He also has worked as an EMT Program Coordinator/Instructor at Keyano College.

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