Leadership

International’s President a True Fire Fighter

Issue 12 and Volume 107.

International’s President a True Fire Fighter Former Chief C. Gray Burnett, of Ottawa, Canada, president-elect of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the first Canadian to hold that office in over a quarter of a century, is a “fireman’s fireman.” He came naturally by his love for the fire service from his father, the late Fire Chief Robert Burnett, who served with the Ottawa Fire Department for 43 years—nine of those years as chief. Gray Burnett who became Ottawa’s youngest chief at 44 (in 1943), was the tenth in a family of thirteen, six hoys and seven girls. But he was the only’ one to follow in his father’s footsteps. Today at 56 he insists he has enjoyed every minute of his 32 years spent as a fire fighter. Although retired from the post of Fire Chief of Ottawa, President Burnett is still following his first love. His present…

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