Speaker Bio:
Terry Larson



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Open to discussing any topic, as Major Larson has experience in many areas and is comfortable discussing all aspects of his life and experiences.

Major Terry N. Larson, CD, AdeC Deputy Commanding Officer 15 Field Ambulance

Major Terry N. Larson was born in Calgary, Alberta and grew up in Exshaw, Alberta. He started his uniformed life at the age of 13 as an air cadet. Major Larson joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1995 and was commissioned as a Cadet Instructors Cadre Officer. Major Larson has served in Canada, United States, and Afghanistan.

He has occupied several positions including Training Officer and Deputy Commanding Officer and served on the competition staff of several biathlon and marksmanship competitions at the zone, provincial, and national level in the Cadet Organization and as Platoon Commander, Training Officer, and National Medical Liaison Officer in the Primary Reserve Force.

Major Larson transferred from the Cadet Instructors Cadre in 2005 to 15 Field Ambulance as a Health Care Administration Officer, relinquishing his Captaincy and becoming the 2 Platoon Commander as a Second Lieutenant. In his civilian career he joined the Calgary Fire Department in 1989. He also commanded the Calgary Fire Department Ceremonial Honour Guard from 2006 until 2016 and has represented the department and association at numerous Line-of-Duty-Death Funerals and the National and International Fallen Fire Fighter Memorials.

Cpl Mike Starker was killed in a Taliban attack on 6 May 2008; then-Second Lieutenant Larson was assigned as the Designated Assistant to the Starker family. Major Larson considers providing support to the Fallen Soldier’s family to be one of the most important duties he has ever performed.

Taking leave from the Fire Service, Major Larson deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as the National Medical Liaison Officer of Operation Athena’s Joint Task Force Kandahar. He was recognized for his work in patient tracking, protocol development and relationship building with other coalition forces. During this time, he was promoted to Lieutenant within both the Calgary Fire Department and Canadian Forces.

In his civilian career, he was promoted to Captain in April 2012 and commanded several engine companies throughout Calgary settling into McKenzie Towne for his final tours. Major Larson retired from the Calgary Fire Department in May of 2019 completing 30 years of service to the citizens of Calgary.

Major Larson was promoted to Captain in 2013 and appointed a Honourary Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta in 2015. After being attached to The Calgary Highlanders as the Second-in-Command A Company for two years he returned to 15 Field Ambulance as Officer in Charge of Support Services. He was promoted to Major (AWSE) in the spring of 2017 and appointed Officer Commanding McCrae Company at the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre. Major Larson was promoted Major (Substantive) and appointed Officer Commanding Medical Company of 15 Field Ambulance in August of 2017 assuming the role of Deputy Commanding Officer in April of 2019.

Major Larson holds an Emergency Medical Technician Certificate, with Honours and a Baccalaureate of Applied Business in Emergency Services, with distinction. He is a recipient of the General Campaign Star – South West Asia with Rotation Bar, Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, Canadian Forces’ Decoration with Clasp, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal with Clasp, Alberta Centennial Medal and Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Commendation.

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