Saskatoon names new fire chief

Doug Wegren, a 25-year veteran of the Saskatoon Fire Department, will take over effective May 16.

Article content

The city has found its new fire chief within the ranks of the Saskatoon Fire Department.

Current Assistant Chief Doug Wegren is to be promoted to the top job effective May 16, according to a city media release issued Wednesday. The promotion comes following the retirement in March of previous Chief Morgan Hackl.

Article content

Wegren is a 25-year veteran of the SFD who began his career with the service in 1999 as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. Since then, he has served as an instructor, restorative action lead, assistant chief of logistics and acting fire chief. Wegren also had extensive roles in the SFD response to COVID-19; the media release noted he was part of the city’s emergency command centre, the emergency management operations planning section and the fire department’s tactical operations centre, alongside work engaging with agencies serving the vulnerable sector.

Advertisement 2

Article content

“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead such an esteemed fire service in the community that I call home,” Wegren said in the release. “As the new Fire Chief, I am committed to working collaboratively with our partners and all orders of government to meet the evolving needs of our community. It is an honor to work with the exceptional individuals at SFD, and I am excited to lead a dedicated team in providing emergency response to the residents of Saskatoon and the surrounding area.”

Wegren got a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Saskatchewan in 1994, and later received certificates in fire service administration and fire service leadership from Dalhousie University.

Recommended from Editorial

Bookmark our website and support our journalism: Don’t miss the news you need to know — add The and to your bookmarks and sign up for our newsletters here.

Article content

Source link