Saskatoon Fire Department announces Doug Wegren as new chief – Saskatoon | globalnews.ca

Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) announced a new chief on Wednesday, saying Doug Wegren will step into the role on Thursday.

Wegren was assistant chief of the department and will replace Morgan Hackel, who retired in March after 36 years of service.

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead such a respected fire service in the community I call home,” Wegren said in a city release Wednesday evening.

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He said he is committed to working with partners and across all lines of government to meet the needs of the city.

“It is an honor to work with the extraordinary individuals at SFD, and I am excited to lead a dedicated team to provide emergency response to the residents of Saskatoon and the surrounding region,” Wegren said.

The city said Wegren has been with the SFD for 25 years, starting his career as a firefighter and EMT before taking on multiple instructor roles, assistant chief of logistics and acting fire chief.

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“Doug is a strong and collaborative leader who has built close relationships with the Saskatoon community,” said City Manager Jeff Jorgensen.

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