2016 “CVFSA Lifetime Achievement Award”©

Chief Clair W. Prior- Recipient of the 2016 Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Lifetime Achievement Award©

The 2016 recipient of this prestigious award is Chief Clair Prior, from Irma, Alberta. Clair originally joined the Irma Fire Department in 1963, he became Chief in 1967, a position he has held ever since, meaning he has supervised the Fire Department for 49 years.


Clair has been an avid volunteer in the community. He has been a municipal Council member, and a ringette hockey coach, as well as an active member of the Irma Elks. He did all this while maintaining a full time job as a firefighter with CFB Wainwright from 1967-1993.

he most important thing that Clair has contributed to the fire service is the recruitment and training of new members for the Fire Department. When Clair started there were only 5 or 6 members. The department now has 18 members. In 2008 Clair was also very instrumental in getting a new fire hall built for the Irma Fire Department.

Clair has been married to his wife Lynn for nearly 50 years. Together they have raised 5 beautiful daughters. They have 11 grandchildren, and an ever growing list of great grandchildren. He now has two grandsons that are members of the Irma Fire Department.

air and his wife Lynn will attend the CVFSA’s annual meeting in Ottawa, where the award will be presented.