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Valdosta Fire Chief to retire

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta city officials will soon start looking for a new Fire Chief.

After 25-years as a firefighter and 21 with the Valdosta Fire Department, Chief J.D. Rice will retire December 31st.

Under Rice's leadership, the department renovated two stations, built three new ones, and station 7 at the Valdosta Airport is under construction.

He brought in a new fleet of fire engines and arranged EMS to house an ambulance at station 6 to improve response times.

"I still plan on being active in some capacity in fire service. I just felt my time as fire chief, I need to move to a different level, do something a little different for me personally," said Chief J.D. Rice.

Chief Rice plans to go back to school to get his teaching certificate to teach History.

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