Hartford appoints a new Fire-Rescue Department Chief

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HARTFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — The Hartford City Council filled its vacant Fire-Rescue Chief position on Monday night.

Mayor Neil Strickland and the council chose a man who is steeped in tradition in that public service position.

Tuesday was his first day on the job for new Hartford Fire-Rescue Chief, Phillip Herring, besides his new role in the central Geneva County municipality, Herring will maintain his full time job in Dothan. He’s a Captain with the Dothan Fire Department and has been with that department for the last 15 years.

“Whether it be a fire call, an EMS call, whether it be public events and we’re to do that job in a professional manner and provide the best services that we can,” Herring told WDHN News.

Phillip’s father, Byron Herring, served with Enterprise Fire for nearly 50 years, the majority of that time as Fire Chief.

In August, Enterprise placed a plaque at the central fire station in honor of the nearly 50 years Byron served that city’s fire department.

“To have him the other night tell me that he was proud of me,” Phillip said. “And also an inspiration, because the last thing I want to do, is disappoint him.”

Phillip told WDHN News public service is a calling in the Herring family. Working full-time as both a Dothan Fire Captain and Hartford’s Fire Rescue Chief. He won’t have much downtime, but is looking forward to the challenge.

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