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Bradley Co. Fire Chief steps down to take state job

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis has accepted the resignation of Bradley County Fire and Rescue Chief Dewey Woody. Chief Woody submitted his resignation to accept a position with the State Fire Marshall's Office in Nashville.

Mayor Davis praised Chief Woody for the job he has done in transitioning the County Fire and Rescue Department from a volunteer department to one of the most professional departments in Tennessee.

"Chief Woody has always made Fire protection for the entire County the top priority" Davis said. "For the past 12 years Chief Woody has been very instrumental in helping Bradley County build an award winning fire department which is admired by professional firefighters across the state."
 Bradley County now has 10 fire halls with 3 more to be built within the next 6 months. The department has transitioned from a completely volunteer department to a combination department with a paid staff of 42. Twenty Four additional firefighters will be hired soon to staff the new fire halls.

Mayor Davis said a search has begun for Chief Woody's replacement. In the meantime he expects to have an interim Chief in place within a matter of days. "I wish Chief Woody and his family the very best in his new position as director of the Arson and Bomb Section of the State Fire Marshall's Office" Davis said.

Woody serves on the Board of the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association and chairs the statewide Mutual Aid Task Force developing standards and methods of assisting Tennessee communities in disaster situations. He served three years as president of the Tri-State Mutual Aid Association, the organization that coordinates community assistance in Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama.

Woody teaches Bomb and Arson Investigation at the Cleveland State Community College Law Enforcement Academy and provides safety and medical services at the academy's shooting range training and qualifications. With continuing education as a major theme in his career, Woody is currently completing requirements for Fire Officer 4, a distinction held by only nine other people in Tennessee.

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