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    Lynchburg Fire Chief Announces Retirement

    City of Lynchburg Fire Chief, Steven B. (Brad) Ferguson has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2017.  Ferguson, a native of Lynchburg, joined the department as a firefighter in 1976 and has worked in many areas of the department throughout his career, including fire suppression and emergency medical services. He was appointed Acting Fire Chief in December 2005 and Fire Chief in April 2006. The department is staffed with 186 personnel, including civilians, firefighters and emergency medical personnel operating with eight stations, an administrative office, specialized repair shop and Fire Training Facility.

    Ferguson serves as Chief of one of only 239 accredited fire departments internationally, and under his leadership, the department has been recognized with a number of awards including ones from the American Heart Association and Mission: Lifeline Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Gold Level Recognition Award which recognized the department’s readiness in responding to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

    “Brad has been an excellent Fire Chief.  His leadership is evident in the excellent service his department provides to this community,” said City Manager Bonnie Svrcek.  “Chief Ferguson’s institutional knowledge is unmatched; however, I have full confidence that he has groomed the Lynchburg Fire Department to continue to excel in his absence. We wish Chief Ferguson the very best in the next chapter of his life.”

    According to Svrcek, the recruitment process for a new fire chief will include a nationwide recruitment process after the development of an extensive job profile, advertisement and interview process.

    “I have been honored to have the opportunity to serve this community for so many years,” said Ferguson.  “I am extremely proud of the professional service that the dedicated men and women of this department deliver every day. I am also thankful to the City Manager and City Council for their support over the years.”