Listen and Learn: A Chat with the Man Who Lead Fort McMurray out of the Fire

Listen and Learn: A Chat with the Man Who Lead Fort McMurray out of the Fire

Working as a team is more important than ever in times of crisis, and no Canadian community knows that better than Fort McMurray and the surrounding areas. Join us for an innovative talk show style session where Darby Allen, Regional Fire Chief of Wood Buffalo, will share how he and his teams were able to project calmness while safely evacuating residents during the Fort McMurray wildfires in May 2016, the largest fire evacuation in Albertan history. Darby’s team, much like many HR teams right now, were tested in their ability to lead in unbelievably stressful situations. Learn about how your team can build the skills to manage uncertainty and change, and recover when the fire is over. Not only will you get to know the man who earned worldwide praise and respect as a leader during a national crisis, you will learn how the strength of a team can be challenged and how working together can get you through any situation.   

Darby Allen, Fire Chief, Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Darby shot to international recognition this past May when, as Regional Fire Chief of Wood Buffalo, he lead the evacuation as devastating forest fires engulfed the area. Darby’s enduring calm as the spokesperson for the safety efforts earned him praise and respect while the nation watched in horror as the fire threatened. Throughout the weeks of the fire Darby provided updates on its status and its impact on the surrounding communities, and at times, was the only regular source of information regarding the disaster. Once the area was safe for return, Darby and his team were there with open arms to welcome residents back. 
  
Originally from Birmingham, England where he worked as a Fireman for the Hampshire Fire Brigade, Darby immigrated to Canada in 1990. In 1992 he began working as a Fire Fighter with the Calgary Fire Department and quickly moved from Training Officer to Assistant Deputy of Chief Operations. Darby joined the Fort McMurray Fire Service in 2009, and became Fire Chief in January 2013.