Temecula appoints John Crater as fire chief

John Crater
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 November 1994 as a volunteer firefighter at Station 9 Good Meadow in Riverside County. Crater was hired in 1999 by Cal Fire San Diego as a seasonal firefighter in De Luz. In 2001, he was hired as a permanent firefighter for the Riverside unit in the Lake Elsinore battalion. He also worked in Battalions 2 and 13 as a fire apparatus engineer.

In 2008, Crater was promoted to fire captain again in the Lake Elsinore battalion and worked at Stations 11 and 61 and with Truck 97. In 2017, Crater accepted a promotion to battalion chief working in Desert Hot Springs and Lake Elsinore.

City manager Aaron Adams said the decision came after careful consideration.

“This position is key for us as an organization and as a community. I am confident that Chief Crater’s leadership style and long history of experience within southwest Riverside County will be an asset to the city of Temecula,” Adams said.

Crater and his family reside in southwest Riverside County.

Submitted by city of Temecula.