Chief Darby Allen
In emergency situations, you need a calm, cool and collected man with a plan.. someone like Chief Darby Allen. After decades of fighting fires, first in his native England before immigrating to Canada, he climbed the ranks to become the Fire Chief at Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
As the Chief, he earned international attention and praise for his handling of the Fort McMurray wildfire, where he spearheaded the evacuation of thousands of residents to safety, working tirelessly with first responders and volunteers who came from across the nation to assist in the fight against "The Beast" as Darby appropriately dubbed the fire. As people around the world watched in horror at the wildfire's capacity for devastation, Chief Allen's updates were not only a means of information, but provided thousands across the country with a sense of hope and optimism.
In his talks, Darby draws from his career to share guidelines for effective emergency response planning and management, as well as offers timeless tips on how to remain a calm, stoic and quick-thinking leader in urgent situations.
We all encounter crises.. the trick is handling them with aplomb.