Temecula appoints John Crater as fire chief

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John Crater is the newly appointed division fire chief for Temecula, as of May 11. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA ─ Temecula Mayor James “Stew” Stewart, Temecula city manager Aaron Adams and Cal Fire/Riverside County fire Chief Shawn Newman welcomed John Crater as the newly appointed division fire chief for Temecula, effective May 11, Crater replaces Interim Division Chief Bill Weiser who stepped in to temporarily serve Temecula. Weiser will transition with Crater and resume his post again as division chief for Bautista/San Jacinto. “Although the COVID-19 pandemic is on everyone’s mind, we have not lost sight that fire safety and protection from wildland fires remain a critical priority for our region, and I’m pleased to announce Chief Crater brings 26 years of front-line public safety expertise to Temecula,” Stewart said. Crater started his firefighting career in Novem
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