Wegener began his fire service career in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Colfax Fire Department and Firefighter One with Cal Fire. In 1994 he was hired by the American River Fire Protection District, one of the two main organizations which merged in 2000 to form the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.
At the same time Battalion Chief Wegener was pursuing his professional career he maintained his involvement with his local combination volunteer/paid fire department. He ended his 18 year career with that department in September of 2011, serving for 9 years as an Assistant Chief of Placer Hills Fire Protection District.
He currently works at Metro Fire as a Battalion Chief, Battalion 14 A-Shift. Battalion Chief Wegener is a member of 2 IMTs, the Sacramento Regional Incident Management Team as an Operation Section Chief and the California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (a Federal Type 1 IMT) as a Division/Group Supervisor. He also serves on Metro’s Wildland and Truck Teams, Sacramento Operational Area California Incident Command Certification System (CICCS) Board, and is a Fire Academy Assistant Drill Instructor. He has an aviation background, serving five years as a Crew Chief and Flight Officer for Metro Fire’s all risk helicopter program.
Battalion Chief Wegener has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University and an Associates of Science Degree in Fire Science from Sierra College. He obtained his EMT Paramedic in 1993 from Northern California Training Institute.
He makes his home in Meadow Vista, CA along with his wife of 18 years Shane, and their three daughters, Sidney, Klaire and Georgia.