The man who led the fight against “The Beast” is getting ready to move on.
Fire Chief Darby Allen announced at the end of last year he’s retiring and moving to Vancouver, just a few months before his 60th birthday.
Allen, who’s been a firefighter since 1983, moved to the region in 2009 for an Assistant Deputy Chief position.
Speaking on Fort McMurray Matters, he says the wildfire will be a landmark of his career.
“First of all, we managed to get all the people out. There’s no question that I think about that and how lucky and fortunate we were. Apart from, unfortunately, the two Ryan kids that had the motor vehicle accident on the highway, we managed to go unscathed in that, so that’s very very special to me,” said Allen. “I’m very proud of what we did there. I’ll never forget that.”
Allen adds he will miss the people in the region most.
“Without the wildfire, I already knew that this was a special place to be. The way people come together and look after each other and try and look after the people that are less fortunate. It’s been really special to me.”
Allen’s final day is next Friday, the 24th.