Chatham-Kent’s assistant fire chief will be moving into the top job on Dec. 6.Chris Case will become the next fire chief, replacing the retiring Bob Crawford. Case has 28 years working in fire operations service, first being hired by the Merseyside Fire Brigade in Liverpool, U.K., in 1991.There, he worked in operations, special operations, administration, planning, training and command. He formed the U.K.’s only dedicated fire and explosives task force to deal with arson and explosives crime and worked as a lecturer to the U.K. Fire Services College.Case moved to Canada in 2016 with his wife and four children for his assistant chief role with the Chatham-Kent Fire Department.John Norton, general manager of community development for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, said there was a nationwide search and recruitment effort for the job.“Among a large group of capable applicants, Chris emerged as the best candidate to lead the fire service into the future,” Norton said in a news release. “I have observed Chief Case for several years now and I know that he has the respect of his peers, firefighters and the wider community. I have the utmost confidence that we have selected the right person for this role.”Don Shropshire, Chatham Kent’s chief administrative officer, said Case has been a “major contributor to the fire service” since he was hired.Case has also held the post of operations chief. He and his family were granted permanent resident status this year on a nomination from the Province of Ontario.“Since arriving in this wonderful community over three years ago, I have enjoyed every day serving alongside our outstanding firefighters to safeguard the communities of Chatham-Kent,” Case said in the release. “I am lucky enough to have an outstanding team here at work and at home. The endless support from my family and the teams at CK Fire has made this next step in my career possible.“I cannot express how thankful I am for this opportunity and how much I am looking forward to being your fire chief.”Crawford originally served as fire chief from 2001 to 2013, and returned to the role in 2017.
HP Discover 2014 has officially come to an end, but we’re still basking in the glow of the exciting three days when IT leaders from across the globe gather to discuss the future of technology. Join us as we examine the highlights and takeaways from HP Discover’s second annual event in Barcelona.Day 1 – Disruptive Innovation“This is a time of relentless disruptive change for businesses and for governments. Think about it — ceaseless information flows, threats and uncertainty, constant connectivity, instant gratification, new channels, new markets, and new business models. No company survives without adapting. Without the ability to question, to rethink, to change, and to renew. Not your companies and not us.”HP president, chairman, and CEO Meg Whitman kicked off the event with an impactful keynote on the shift from traditional IT to a new style of IT. She emphasized the need for an infrastructure designed to support the needs of the business, as well as the necessity for agile, scalable technology solutions. With the converging forces of big data, cloud, and mobility, consumerization is poised to revolutionize operations and permanently change the way IT supports the business.Day 2 – Intelligent Business TransformationHP had several key product unveilings that reiterated the current focus on a new IT. New servers, storage, converged systems, and services were evidence of HP’s focus on re-imaging old technology while embracing emerging technology and future disruptors. Discussions ranged from HP Haven (currently the sole big data platform on the market) to The Machine, a computing model that will bear tremendous weight in the evolution of data processing and analysis. “Computers have basically been built the same way for the past 60 years. At HP Labs we want to rethink computing,” said Martin Fink, CTO and director of HP Labs. “This Machine, our goal — in effect — is to allow us to run Haven on steroids.”Day 3 – A New Style of ITThe Intel booth remained a mainstay for event participants for the duration of the event; luckily Ivana Jordanova, HP sales business development manager for Intel EMEA, was there to give those not in attendance a tour.This year’s HP Discover was an enthralling look into the progress of IT in business. The overall focus on big data, cloud innovation, cybersecurity, and mobility in the enterprise was very much a reflection of the SMAC stack — social, mobile, analytics, cloud — we’ve been prioritizing at Intel. Great things lie on the horizon for IT, and we’re happy to be a part of that.Until next year, adiós de Barcelona!