Athens Fire and Rescue names interim chief

James Hand

James Hand, who has been with the department for 19 years, is the interim Athens Fire and Rescue chief.

Posted: May 18, 2020 10:23 AM

Athens Fire and Rescue has named an interim fire chief.

James Hand will assume the position when Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Bryan Thornton retires at the end of May.

Hand has been with the department for 19 years, serving as a firefighter, driver, inspector and fire marshal.

The city intends to start taking applications for the position in July. The Athens City Council will make the decision on the candidate in November, per state law.

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