Saskatoon Airport Fire Chief set to retire

Submitted by Captain Jody Ruest, Saskatoon Airport ARFF

Chief Bryan House started working for Transport Canada in 1980 in Airfield maintenance at the Saskatoon Airport. In 1981 Bryan transferred to the Airport Fire Department as a firefighter working his way up to the Captain / Fire Officer position.  In August of 1996 the Saskatoon Airport contracted out the airport fire service to the Saskatoon City Fire Department and Captain House became the Crash Rescue Coordinator (AKA Fire Chief) working with the City Fire Department until July 2004. At this time Pro-Tec Fire Services of Canada took over the Airport Fire Department with Chief House running the fire department till his retirement in December of 2021.

During Chief House’s reign as fire chief he was on scene for many aircraft incidents, both of the major structural fires at the Saskatoon Airport terminal as well as a major fire at one of the hangars.

During his career Chief House has been awarded a number of honors. He was awarded the Government of Canada Exemplary Fire Service Medal in March of 2001 as well he received the Saskatchewan Protective Services medal in October 2009. 

During his forty years of service Chief House trained and mentored many  of the firefighters at the Saskatoon Airport in the profession of aircraft firefighting including live fire and mock-up exercises and trained  firefighters at several Transport Canada Regional fire schools in Saskatoon . Chief House used his knowledge and experience to set up and train several airport fire services examples being at Grande Prairie AB, Wabash Labrador and most recently the Calgary International Airport. Chief House has made a huge impact not only on the lives of the staff he trained but his role in creating a safe working environment for all. 

A big thank-you goes out to Chief Bryan House for his long standing career and dedication to the Airport Fire Service in Canada.  You will be missed!!