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A 30-decade Salt Lake City firefighting veteran has been named chief of the department.

Brian A. Dale, deputy chief since 2009, was appointed chief on Monday by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.

Dale, a Salt Lake City native, joined the fire department in 1986 as a firefighter and paramedic. In 2006, Dale became division chief over "medical services and incident safety," according to a news statement by Becker's office. He developed the department's first automated, electronic patient care reporting system, according to the release.

"Our community is very fortunate to have one of the premier fire departments in the country and a team of leaders that is second to none," Becker said. "I'm proud to appoint Brian Dale as our next fire chief. Brian brings a stellar body of experience and knowledge to this important post and I know he will serve our residents very well."

The Salt Lake City Council will review Dale's appointment.