Kenneth (Ken) W. Stuebing, BHSc, Fire Chief
Chief Administrative Officer Jacques Dubé recently announced that Ken Stuebing will become the next Fire Chief for Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, effective October 30, 2017, following an extensive, national executive search.
A natural communicator, Chief Stuebing focuses on breaking down silos to improve transparency, collaboration, respect and trust to help his teams create a safer community for all citizens. He has a strong track record of overcoming challenges, inspiring a vision and cultivating strong relationships with partners—often within stressful events and environments—to accomplish organizational goals and objectives.
He has a distinct leadership perspective of international, regional and local expertise that will help advance important relationships within the service and with the stakeholders and communities it serves.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting Regional Council, my new colleagues, and of course, all the people working at HRFE to help continue the great legacy of Canada’s oldest fire department,” says Chief Stuebing. “My family and I are also very excited to start living in HRM and getting involved in its communities, their unique, balanced lifestyle and the region’s collective spirit.”
Chief Stuebing comes to Halifax from his latest position as the Fire Paramedic Chief of Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences with Charles Sturt University in Australia, a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership with Schulich (York University), in Toronto, a Diploma from Seneca College and Certificate from Conestoga College in Aeromedical and Ambulance & Emergency Care respectively.
He has over 33 years of experience working with both career and volunteer emergency services including small urban, rural and metropolitan communities across Canada, and has a successful track record in managing both Fire and EMS environments. He also served as research coordinator with Sunnybrook and the Research Outcome Consortium (ROC).
For the past six years, Chief Stuebing has served on the Board of Directors with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) and he also represents the Canadian fire service as a director on the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) board, which recently nominated him to represent them on the IAFC executive team.