Charleston Fire Department posts job opening for chief

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Fire department is officially looking for a new fire chief. The job opening was posted Friday.

Spokesman Mark Ruppel confirmed the job posting and says the new chief will replace Thomas Carr who is retiring on March 1, 2012. Carr announced his retirement in September and cited his health as a main reason. Carr has been diagnosed with one of the more severe syndromes of Parkinsonism.

"Carr is recognized as one of the best minds in the fire service in our country," Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said in September.

Last summer, Carr was awarded the prized Career Fire Chief of the Year at the annual meeting of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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