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Pensacola council unanimously appoints new fire chief in historic vote

Photo source: Channel 3's Allie Norton

It was a historic night for Pensacola.

On Thursday, the city council unanimously voted to appoint Ginny Cranor as the Pensacola Fire Department's next leader.

She is the first female fire chief in the city's history.

"The moment of realization that I was actually going to be the fire chief I think happened right now," Cranor told WEAR-TV.

Cranor was picked by Mayor Ashton Hayward to replace Chief David Allen, who retired today.

Allen joined Cranor at the city council meeting for the vote.

Councilman P.C. Wu commended Hayward's pick.

"I'm not supporting you because you're female," Wu said. "I'm supporting you because your competent."

The president of the local firefighters union urged council members to vote her into the position.

They did.

After the unanimous vote, the chamber broke into applause and gave Cranor a standing ovation.

"It's a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead the men and women of the Pensacola fire department," Cranor said. "I am so excited and so grateful to have this opportunity."

Cranor has been with Pensacola Fire Department since 1998. She started out as a public safety cadet and worked her way up the ladder the past two decades.

She has her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University of West Florida.

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