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Sarnia’s new Fire Chief to take over in the new year

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The City of Sarnia has announced that former Cornwall Fire Chief Jeff Weber will take on the role of Fire Chief for the Sarnia service following the retirement of current Fire Chief Bryan Van Gaver.

“This is going to be a great new experience, and I am looking forward to contributing my insight and vision to the long-standing track record of excellence delivered by Sarnia Fire Rescue,” Weber stated in a news release.

He will enter the role of Fire Chief on February 1, 2024, with Van Gaver retiring at the end of March, “providing an overlap of leadership to ensure a smooth transition,” the City noted.

Weber first started a career as a firefighter in 1992, and his 30 years of fire service experience includes roles as the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, and Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Cornwall; Deputy Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Barrie; Deputy Chief with the Burlington Fire Department; and Deputy Chief for the Kitchener Fire Department.

“I’m excited to welcome Jeff to the Sarnia Fire Rescue team, his track record speaks for itself, and it is good to know the service will be in good hands, benefiting from his leadership as I hang up my hat,” said Van Gaver. “I was struck by his breadth of experience in all aspects of the fire service including emergency management, fire prevention, suppression, support, and communications.

“I have no doubt he will be a great contributor to the department as it continues to protect the health, safety, lives and property of our residents.”

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