Alan Thomas has quite a diverse background, his love for travel and volunteering began during a one year trip through East Africa, staying in Zambia the longest where he attended some of grade 6 in Lusaka. Alan has expertise in the Automotive and Aircraft Industries, where he became a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer specializing in Helicopter Maintenance.
Alan’s Service to Toronto Fire Services came to a close at the end of February 2014, with his retirement after almost 30 years. His last Assignment was in the EMS Section which was responsible for the EMS training of all Toronto Fire Services Personnel. His career began in 1985, where he joined the Toronto Fire Department, which became Toronto Fire Services in 1999. He began “on the trucks” working in several fire halls in the downtown area, working his way into training in 1991. One of Alan’s top achievements was in the co-founding of Toronto Fire’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team. Alan developed the HUSAR SAR Games Team, and served twice on the winning team. Alan also served as visiting faculty at the Former Canadian Emergency Preparedness College, in Arnprior Ontario.
Over the past number of years, Alan has served on many Committees in the Search and Rescue community. He is currently serving as Member of the Board of Directors for OVERT.CA, a Durham based Ground Search and Rescue Team. Alan very much enjoys the interaction with the voluntary SAR Community reflecting his interests in community, leadership, education, and the collaborative decision-making process.
Alan served with the Canadian Forces Reserves from 1974 until 1993. He served with two Infantry Regiments, and a brief stint with the Canadian Air Reserve. He worked his way up to Sergeant then commissioned to the Rank of Lieutenant. His experience involved many activities from Reconnaissance and parachuting to Mobile Support Equipment management and the Ceremonial Drill Team.
After Retirement, Alan wanted to continue to offer his experience as a consultant. In1990, Alan created a small consulting and Transportation Company, which allowed him some flexibility. AMT Logistics Inc. has now become a bona fide corporation in its own right and Alan hopes to continue to offer his talents to the both the Public and Private sectors.
Alan has also had a 30 year passion for Motorsports, which began in the early 70’s both in the Rally world as well as on the track. Alan was a contributing member to “BARC Track Services” in support of the Molson Indy in Toronto from 1986, through to 2005. Had the great privilege to be supporting member of the Indy Car Simple Green Safety Team, as well as the NHRA Safety Safari. Alan is a divorced father of 4 great kids, 2 girls and 2 boys of whom he is immensely proud. Alan has many leisure activities since retirement. His main focus is spent with his SAR Volunteer activities, and Truck Driving.
5 QUESTIONS WITH AN AMBASSADOR
1) What do you consider to be the single greatest advancement in motorsport safety in the last 50 years?
Organized race track "Control" organizations.
2) You can either implement one new motorsport rule or get rid of an existing one. Which option do you choose and what rule would it be?
Enforcement of the "Counter Race" policy. Race ops need to keep the traffic going the same direction
3) What is your favorite racing circuit and why?
Sorry, don't have a favorite. Too many to choose from, both road course, temp road course & oval. Maybe my "Home Track" temp road course here in Toronto.
4) Who is your hero?
My father, Dr. Alan M. Thomas, C.M.
5) What do you hope to accomplish as an MSF Ambassador?
My motorsports goal is to educate our community, and have an age restriction implemented North America-wide restricting those under 18 from being "over the wall." No tracks should allow children trackside.