New fire chief J. Crater says department is prepared for fire season

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John Crater of Cal Fire Riverside County Fire Department is named division fire chief for the city of Temecula, May 11. Valley News/Jeff Pack photo
The city of Temecula has a new fire chief in place, effective May 11, and he said recently that with the weather beginning to heat up here in southwest Riverside County, the department is as prepared as they can be for fire season. “We have done our due diligence with the county, we have worked with our local partners, we have our agreements in place,” Chief John Crater said during an interview with Valley News outside of Temecula’s city hall recently. “We have really, really set an emphasis on the local area here, especially De Luz, with policies and procedures and as far as evacuations of where to put people if we have a fire up there. Working with our cooperative partners, we have a plan. We know we’re going to have fires; we just have to be prepared for them. I think we’
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