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Whitfield Co. Fire Department has a new chief

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New Whitfield County Fire Chief Edward O’Brien addresses the commissioners after they had voted Monday morning to name him as the replacement for retired Chief Carl Collins. (Photo by Mitch Talley). New Whitfield County Fire Chief Edward O’Brien addresses the commissioners after they had voted Monday morning to name him as the replacement for retired Chief Carl Collins. (Photo by Mitch Talley).
Firefighters welcome Edward O’Brien (second from right) after his selection as fire chief by the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners. (Photo by Mitch Talley). Firefighters welcome Edward O’Brien (second from right) after his selection as fire chief by the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners. (Photo by Mitch Talley).
WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -
For the first time in 32 years, the Whitfield County Fire Department has a new chief.

The Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 in favor of hiring Edward O’Brien, during a special called meeting Monday morning.  

O'Brien retired last year as the DeKalb County Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director.

“I’m definitely excited about this new opportunity. I’m really looking forward to getting out and meeting the personnel, both career and volunteer. I’m going to sit back a while, watch things, listen, and that’s going to be my plan. Then we’ll look at it as a team of what we need to do if there need to be any improvements,” said O'Brien.

O’Brien holds an associate degree in Fire Science from DeKalb College and a bachelor of science degree in Occupational Safety and Health with Fire Management from Columbia Southern University. 
He and his wife of 26 years, Caren O’Brien, a registered dental hygienist, have two children. 

O’Brien will reports for duty in Whitfield County Monday, June 23.
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