Northwest Florida

Pensacola City Council appoints first female fire chief

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) - A new Pensacola Fire Chief is making history. 

Ginny Cranor is now Pensacola's first female fire chief, appointed by the Pensacola City Council Thursday night. 

Pensacola Fire Chief David Allen will be retired Thursday and the city council appointed Cranor as his replacement.

Cranor, who is currently in her 20thyear with the fire department, is the first female fire chief in the department's 208-year history.

Prior to becoming a Pensacola firefighter in 1998, Cranor was a volunteer with Escambia County Fire Rescue.  She rose through the ranks and was promoted to Battalion Chief in September 2016 and currently serves as the battalion chief for the department's "C" watch. 

Cranor will now begin to lead the department's staff of 123 firefighters and administrative personnel.

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