After serving for several months as acting fire and rescue chief, veteran firefighter Phil Warner stepped into the role full-time on Aug. 1.
Warner, who previously served as the assistant chief, brings almost 30 years of volunteer and career firefighter experience to the role. He got his start as a volunteer with the Fine Creek Volunteer Fire Department in 1990 and became a life member there after 15 years.
He was a career firefighter for the Henrico Division of Fire, where he retired in 2017 after 21 years.
He worked for Powhatan County part-time for 16 years before taking on the role of acting chief in April, when the previous chief, Steve Singer, went out on medical leave. Warner also had served as acting chief for more than two and a half years before Singer was hired in 2014.