Man wearing fire chief uniform smiling while standing ina  grass field.
Jeff Weber

November 8, 2023 — Sarnia Fire Rescue will continue to operate with a steady hand at the helm when current Fire Chief Bryan Van Gaver retires, as former Cornwall Fire Chief Jeff Weber takes on the role of Fire Chief for the Sarnia service.

With Van Gaver set to retire at the end of March, the City has selected Weber to serve as the City’s new chief, relying on his track record of leadership and extensive experience to guide the department into the future. Weber brings more than 30 years of fire service experience, alongside numerous professional qualifications and training to Sarnia Fire Rescue.

“I’m excited to welcome Jeff to the Sarnia Fire Rescue team, his track record speaks for itself, and it is good to know the service will be in good hands, benefiting from his leadership as I hang up my hat,” said Van Gaver, adding, “I was struck by his breadth of experience in all aspects of the fire service including emergency management, fire prevention, suppression, support, and communications. I have no doubt he will be a great contributor to the department as it continues to protect the health, safety, lives and property of our residents.”

Weber first started a career as a firefighter in 1992, and has previously served as the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, and Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Cornwall; Deputy Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Barrie; Deputy Chief with the Burlington Fire Department; and Deputy Chief for the Kitchener Fire Department.

“This is going to be a great new experience, and I am looking forward to contributing my insight and vision to the long-standing track record of excellence delivered by Sarnia Fire Rescue,” said Weber.

Weber will enter the role of Fire Chief on February 1, 2024, with Van Gaver retiring at the end of March, providing an overlap of leadership to ensure a smooth transition.