The City Council has declared Warr on fires.

Gene Warr, that is. The first full-time fire chief in the city's history.A retired 27-year veteran of the Salt Lake City Fire Department, Warr was named chief last month and reported to work Monday.

He will direct a 30-member volunteer department.

The former volunteer fire chief, Doug Obert, was also hired as full-time assistant chief and will be on the job in about a month.

Mayor Sandra Lloyd said the hiring of two full-time fire administrators is a "major event" that reflects the rapid growth of Riverton and the resulting increase in fire service needs.

Warr began his fire service career with Salt Lake City as a firefighter and an apparatus operator, advancing through the ranks of lieutenant and captain before being promoted to battalion chief in the early 1990s.

The new chief also said he will start community fire prevention programs.

Lloyd said Riverton's volunteer force now mans the city fire station 12 hours a day.