Fire Chief announces 100th Birthday Surprise program

Calgary firefighters completed almost 9000 Drive-By Birthdays in April and May this year as part of the hugely popular Drive-By Birthday program.

Due to the pandemic, the Calgary Fire Department wasn’t able to engage with citizens in the ways they usually do, so this program offered the opportunity to get out and about in the community and bring a smile to the faces of birthday boys and girls.

Today, Fire Chief Steve Dongworth announced that while the Drive-By Birthday program ended on May 31, the fire department have created a new 100th Birthday Surprise program that will celebrate the birthdays of Calgarians who are turning 100.

“CFD is hugely appreciative of everyone who made the birthday program such a success. We loved seeing your smiling faces on your doorsteps as the fire trucks went by to wish you a happy birthday. As we move towards our ‘new normal’, we are extending the program to celebrate Calgarians who are turning 100 years old,” says Chief Steve Dongworth. “It is important to recognize and value people who are reaching this milestone birthday.”

To learn more about the 100th Birthday Surprise program, visit