Chief Ken Block to leave Edmonton fire department: ‘We are truly grateful’

After 10 years as Edmonton’s fire chief, Ken Block is moving on.

Block has been appointed the commissioner of Fire Rescue Victoria in Australia, according to a letter sent out by the firefighters’ union Tuesday.

“We are truly grateful for his many contributions and efforts to ensure consistent high standards of quality in Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and building this service to be recognized globally as a leader,” read the letter sent on behalf of the executive and members of the Edmonton Fire Fighters’ Union IAFF Local 209.

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Block has been Edmonton’s fire chief for the past decade.

“We would like to recognize his 40 years of dedicated and exceptional service in the Fire Rescue Services to the City of Edmonton,” the letter reads.

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“He has been an unwavering supporter of our fire service and has strengthened the union’s positive working relationship.

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“We are certain that the State of Victoria will benefit from his dedication and leadership. Our best wishes and thoughts are with Ken in his future endeavors.”

It’s not known when Block’s last day will be.

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