Firehouse Contributor

Les Karpluk

Les Karpluk began his career with the Prince Albert Fire Department in 1982 and worked his way up through the ranks. In 2006 he was promoted as the Fire Chief for the Prince Albert Fire Department. Les has certificates in fire service leadership and fire service administration through Dalhousie University, a bachelor of applied business: emergency services through Lakeland College and numerous other university courses.

Les has received numerous awards including: Prior of The Priory of Canada, Most venerable order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem Serving Brother Medal and certificate (2002), Canadian Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal (2002), Chief Fire Officer Designation (Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs), 2005, Career Fire Chief of the Year (Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs), (2009) Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal (2010), Canadian Fire Services Medal for 30-years of Exemplary Service (2012) and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013). 

Les has been a speaker at numerous conferences across Canada and is a regular contributor to Fire Chief in Canada and Fire Fighting in Canada.  He has authored and co-authored 60 articles and in addition to writing trade articles, he facilitates for Dalhousie University, Lakeland College and is currently the second vice president of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. 

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