Former deputy fire chief ending retirement to take top job

Daniel MacEachern
Published on July 9, 2014
Former deputy firechief Jerry Peach, shown in this 2004 Guy Fawkes night file photo, will be named chief of the St. John's Regional Fire Department next week.
Joe Gibbons

Jerry Peach is going back to work.
The St. John’s Regional Fire Department’s former deputy chief is ending his retirement after just over two months — to return to the department as chief.

Peach will succeed former chief Mike Dwyer, who retired at the end of May, in assuming the role next week. The appointment was announced this week on the St. John’s Fire Fighters Association website.

Supt. Don Byrne has been promoted to deputy chief of operations.

“Cumulatively they have more than 60 years experience in with the SJRFD. We are sure that this is an important step in the right direction for this department and our members, both for the morale of our members and for the future of this department,” wrote union secretary John Stamp in a post on the website.