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Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced Monday that he will appoint Ginny Cranor as the city’s next fire chief upon the retirement of current chief David Allen next month.

Chief Ginny Cranor. (Pensacola Fire Department/Special to The Pulse)

Cranor — a 20-year veteran of the department and one just seven female firefighters in its ranks — will be the first woman to lead the Pensacola Fire Department in its 208-year history. She has served as a battalion chief since 2016.

“I am humbled and honored that Mayor Hayward has faith in me and my abilities and I am excited that he is giving me this chance to lead the fire department,” Cranor said. “The Mayor and Chief Allen have brought this department a long way, and I look forward to working with my colleagues at the department to capitalize on the opportunities to make it even better.”

Cranor holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of West Florida as well as associate degrees in fire science and emergency medical services from Pensacola State College and multiple professional certifications.

Cranor is also member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services, and has been a fire academy instructor for 18 years.

“I am extremely proud to be able to appoint Battalion Chief Cranor as Fire Chief,” Hayward said in a statement. “Her record of accomplishments, unwillingness to be content with the status quo, and collaborative leadership style make her exceptionally well suited to sustain the fire department’s upward momentum. The selection was difficult only in the sense that we were extremely fortunate to have several candidates in the department who are all capable of tackling the issues facing a 21st century fire department.”

Hayward’s appointment of Cranor must be approved by the Pensacola City Council, which is expected to take up the matter at its April 12 meeting.

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