Darby Allen is the Regional Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. In May of 2016, Chief Allen led the efforts to save the City of Fort McMurray and portions of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo from “The Beast”, a huge wildfire threatening the community. He has been praised for his from-the-heart tweets and videos in the aftermath of the fire.
On August 20, during the Kin Canada National Convention in Edmonton, Alberta, Chief Allen was named a Hal Rogers Fellow, and presented with a custom helmet and medal.
Chief Allen has consistently praised Fort McMurray firefighters for their Herculean efforts during the May 2016 fire. He did so again when he was presented with this award recognizing his leadership during the massive blaze.