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Lynchburg fire chief to retire after 41 years

Credit: City of Lynchburg
Credit: City of Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Lynchburg Fire Chief Steven Ferguson will retire at the end of 2017.

The Lynchburg native 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.

“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 search 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.”