Charleston has officially started its search for the city’s next fire chief–who will oversee 19 stations.
Charleston Fire Chief Thomas Carr will step down from his position on March 1 of next year due to his battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Carr has served as the city’s chief since former chief Rusty Thomas retired in 2008 after a controversial Sofa Super Store fire investigation. Thomas and the city of Charleston were accused of not properly handling fire rules and regulations when nine firefighters died in the 2007 Charleston blaze.
The city has hired Oregon-based Consulting International to help in the search. The Charleston Post and Courier reports the city requires more than 10 year’s experience in the fire-fighting field–including supervisory and command positions. A Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Fire Administration, or Public Administration is also required–and a Master’s Degree is preferred.
The Charleston fire chief’s salary is between 120 and 135 thousand dollars.