Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced Phil Hyman as the next chief of the Chattanooga Fire Department.

Hyman brings 22 years of service to the position, according to a news release.

“It’s clear Phil is well respected by the men and women of the Chattanooga Fire Department,” Berke said in a prepared statement. “His decades of service combined with his knowledge of every level of the department will help lead our firefighters to do their best work in keeping Chattanooga safe and improving the lives of everyone in our community.”

Hyman, a graduate of Chattanooga State Community College, rose through the ranks of the Chattanooga Fire Department, serving multiple years each as a lieutenant, captain and battalion chief. His tenure has included directing four fire academies, creating a professional development program, enhancing training and increasing certifications for the department, according to a news release.

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“The opportunity to lead our fire department is an exciting yet challenging task; however, I am confident in the skills and abilities of the firefighters that serve the citizens of our community to continue the excellent service they provide,” Hyman said, according to a news release.

Hyman is a native of Chattanooga. His family joined him for today’s announcement.

Hyman will step into the leadership role formerly held by Chief Chris Adams, who retired at the end of September.

The Chattanooga City Council is expected to review the mayor’s appointment of Hyman as Chattanooga fire chief in the coming weeks.

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