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Albany's Fire Chief will retire Friday

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Albany-- Jimmie Arrowood has been Chief of the Fire Department Five years, but says it is time to step down, and he's doing so with little fanfare.

Arrowood is proud of the Albany Fire Department, as he prepares to retire. "On a scale of one to ten, we're probably a 12," Arrowood said.

Arrowood admits he was born to be a firefighter, learning from his father, Woody, who was an Albany firefighter in the 1950s. "Drug me in and out of fire stations during my entire youth, so I'd say it probably rubbed off a little bit."

Arrowood joined the Albany Fire Department in 1973, after serving in Vietnam. Now he is ready to retire. "Basically I've accomplished all of the goals when I set out. We've replaced most all of our apparatus. We've got newer vehicles now than we've ever had."

The 58-year-old Arrowood says much has changed in fire fighting, but some things will never change. "You can not extinguish a fire from the outside. You can lob massive amounts of water on it and watch it get bigger. But the only way you put it out is to get in there with it."

Arrowood's last day as Albany Fire Chief is Friday, but his future plans are open. "Just do nothing for a couple of months, and see what happens. What unfolds, and see if I want to try another direction for a while."

Training new firefighters could be his new job. Meanwhile Arrowood admits he will be keeping a close eye on the Fire Department he has been a part of 31 years, and is proud of.

Jimmie Arrowood's successor as Albany Fire Chief has not been announced yet.

posted by dave.miller@walb.com