Deputy Fire Chief Cliff Warner has been selected as the new fire chief of Prince George Fire Rescue Services. Warner will start in fire rescue’s top position at the end of January following the departure of current Fire Chief John Iverson, who is retiring after 35 years of service, including eight years as chief.
“Prince George city council thanks Chief Iverson for his 35 years of exemplary service and strong leadership,” said Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George. “Deputy Chief Warner has an impressive record of service, including leading Fire Rescue through the wildfire evacuations in 2017 and 2018, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the transition to the new Fire Hall #1. We wish the very best to Chief Iverson as he embarks on his well-earned retirement and congratulate Deputy Chief Warner on his selection as fire chief.”
Warner has 26 years of service in Prince George’s fire department including serving in every senior management position. Warner will be overseeing many high-profile initiatives when he assumes the services’ top position, including the upcoming move of the city’s Fire Operations Communications Centre to Fire Hall #1.
Prince George Fire Rescue Services includes over 130 full-time staff including firefighters, clerical, dispatch services, and provides several critical services for Prince George:
- emergency response and planning
- fire dispatch
- fire investigation
- fire safety inspection and enforcement
- public education
With these structural changes in fire rescue, the city will be undertaking a search for two deputy chief positions for Prince George Fire Rescue Services in the coming months.