Albany -- It's official, longtime firefighter James Carswell is Albany's new fire chief.
The 52-year-old Carswell has been Interim Chief for the last six months after the retirement of Chief James Arrowood. In 30 years with the Albany Fire Department he has worked his way from firefighter to Chief.
He was named a finalist two weeks ago, and Wednesday the city announced Carswell got the job.
Carswell said "I grew up in the department, and now I have the opportunity to lead the Department. It gives me a lot of insight, in my opinion, on where we need to go. What we do right, what we do wrong, and what changes we need to make."
Carswell said the duty of firefighters is changing, they not only put out fires, they are trained to be first responders for natural, chemical, or biological disaster.