Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services wishes to formally welcome Julien Bourgeois to his new role as Deputy County Fire Chief. Hired Oct 15, 2017, Mr. Bourgeois operates out of East Fire Station and serves as the Deputy Chief of Training and Fleet Maintenance.
Deputy County Fire Chief Bourgeois has been with Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services since May 15, 2007; first serving as a volunteer Firefighter with the County’s former Onoway Fire Station, then becoming the District Fire Chief with that Station in March of 2012. In January of 2016, the County amalgamated its District Stations in Onoway and Alberta Beach to form the Ste. Anne East Station, with its new Fire Station at 2317 Twp. Rd 545. At that time, DFC Bourgeois assumed the role as Station Captain in charge of Platoon I of two platoons based out of the Ste. Anne East Station. In February of 2017, he then joined the Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services Headquarters team in the newly-created fulltime position of Pre-planning, Permitting and Casual Program Coordinator while retaining his role as a Station Captain at the County's East Station.
In Julien's Words
The calling of firefighter has beckoned to Mr. Bourgeois since his youth. He shares his story below as an inspiration to other service-minded men and women looking to make a real difference in the community.
My uncle, a firefighter in Quebec was visiting my family when I was 4 years old. He took me to the Fire Station #1 in St. Albert, the crew was excellent with us and let me sit in the seat of the Engine and honk the air horn. It was every little boy’s dream and quickly I knew that I needed to be a Firefighter. This visit from my uncle cemented my desire to put on a uniform and represent the brother and sisters of the fire service. After my hockey career ended in 2007 I was fortunate enough to be finally moving back home to Lac Ste Anne County and it was not long after I read in the local news paper that LSACFS was recruiting. I placed the call and headed straight over to the Station 3 in Rich Valley. It was not long and I knew this is what needed to do in my life. I worked out of Station 3 for 3 years and learned a great deal through formal training and the experience of some very seasoned firefighters. I then transferred to Station #1 out of Onoway and was promoted to Captain following that District Deputy Chief and then finished my time in Station 1 as District Chief.
In 2015 Lac Ste Anne County amalgamated Station 1 and 2 and I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of so much growth. I also jumped at the opportunity to get back on the floor and help build a fantastic station served by a group of members that are eager to serve the community. These members are my family and I am very fortunate to serve with them. To be a part of so much growth and passion for the service has impacted my life in so many positive ways. Through my experience and training within Lac Ste Anne County I have been blessed for the last 4 years to instruct advanced vehicle extrication and heavy rescue all over Canada under contract with Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association. Through AVEA I have taught along side the best in the industry and have grown exponentially with my exposure to many different Fire Services.
In early 2017 I was fortunate enough to make a career of working for LSACFS as a Captain stationed out of East Station. Through the support of my family I had finally realized a childhood dream. Later that year I was promoted to County Deputy Chief of Training and Fleet Maintenance. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help with continued growth and development of our fire service, one that has become my home and my passion. My intentions are to remain very hands on and help this service grow from the floor level up and ensure our County is served and protected by the professional service that we are.