Phoenix Selects New Fire Chief

Kara Kalkbrenner, a 30-year veteran of the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department, will take over as fire chief for outgoing Chief Bob Khan, who is retiring February 28 to care for his ailing father.

Kalkbrenner is the first woman to lead the city’s fire department, according to an report (

Phoenix (AZ) Fire Chief Announces Retirement

Kalkbrenner is a native Phoenix resident and joined the department as a firefighter in 1984. She will serve as interim chief starting March 1 until a national recruitment for the permanent position is concluded.

Kalkbrenner, the department’s executive assistant fire chief, has been Khan’s second-in-command since July. Her previous positions include engineer, captain, division chief, and deputy chief.


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