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Albany -- The Albany Fire Department has a new interim chief. City commissioners say they will let the new city manager hire a permanent fire chief.

Deputy Chief James Carswell was promoted to Interim Fire Chief, following Friday's retirement of Chief Jimmie Arrowood. Carswell has worked at the Albany Fire Department for 30 years, and says there will be few changes.

He will continue the improvements started by Arrowood. Carswell said "We are looking to purchase a new aerial truck, two new fire pumpers. The biggest thing is our training simulator that was a priority for us, because we have no means of actually doing live burn training."

The 51 year old Carswell says no one will be promoted to the Deputy Chief position, while he remains the interim chief.

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