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City of Marion names Deb Krebill new Fire Chief

Post Date:07/29/2014 12:16 PM

Deb KrebillMarion resident Deb Krebill, who has served with the Marion Fire Department since 1991, has been named Marion’s next fire chief.

“Chief Krebill has been with Marion Fire Department for more than 20 years and has served in numerous leadership capacities,” said City Manager Lon Pluckhahn. “Deb has dedicated her life to the fire service and has a strong record of community involvement, she will continue to serve the city well in this role,” Pluckhahn said.

Krebill obtained a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University. In 2009, she completed the four-year Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy. 

In this new role, Krebill will make administrative and operational decisions for the Department pertaining to fire prevention and code enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical services, special operations, planning, budgeting, public education, training and supervision.

Krebill is happy to get the opportunity to lead the organization that she feels so passionate about.

"It is a privilege for me to be able to serve the city of Marion as its next fire chief. I am fully aware of the responsibilities I am accepting with this position and confident our Department will meet the challenges and needs of our community as it continues to grow,” said Krebill. “I am fortunate to have highly skilled firefighters, a dedicated administrative staff, and the support of City staff to assist me in carrying out the mission of the Marion Fire Department."

Krebill joined the Marion Fire Department in 1991 as a firefighter/paramedic, working her way up through the ranks as shift captain, captain/deputy fire marshal, and district chief/fire marshal. She became Marion’s deputy fire chief in 2012, and most recently served as interim fire chief since former Chief Terry Jackson’s retirement earlier this spring.

The Marion Fire Department is a combination department, currently with 29 career firefighters and 25 paid-on-call firefighters. In addition to emergency response, the Department also provides effective emergency prevention activities such as fire code enforcement, inspections and public education.

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