ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Described as one of the most respected and innovative firefighters in the state, Albany Fire Chief James Carswell retired Friday.
Dozens of other firefighters and chiefs from surrounding counties joined with city and county co-workers, as Carswell was honored in a ceremony on his final day as Chief.
Carswell was a member of the Albany Fire Department for 40 years, working his way up from firefighter to Chief.
He was credited with raising the city's ISO rating for insurance savings, and creating a regional public safety training center. But Carswell gave the community the credit.
"City, county employees, the commission, the citizens themselves. It's been a team effort. I've been supported. I've been blessed to be supported for the last ten years as the fire chief. And that's gone a long way to getting things done," he said.
Carswell says he will continue to live in the Albany area. Ron Rowe has been promoted as the new Fire Chief.