Hail to the deputy chief

Story by Stacie Gaetz


Photos by Kristy Reimer

Summer 2021

Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) Deputy Chief of Operation Garth Rabel has lived in and loved Airdrie for almost 50 years.

Rabel graduated from George McDougall High School in 1975. His parents ran the Town and Country Centre for 20 years starting in 1977. He and his brother Dennis both followed a path into firefighting.

He did his early work in the Fort McMurray Fire Department but moved back to southern Alberta in 1980 to join the Calgary Fire Department.

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