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UPDATE: City council confirms Philip Hyman as chief of the Chattanooga Fire Dept.

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UPDATE: The Chattanooga City Council voted to approve Mayor Andy Berke's pick for chief of the city's fire department.

The council voted unanimously in favor of confirming Philip Hyman as chief of the Chattanooga Fire Department.

Hyman, a 22-year veteran with the department, was one of 62 applicants for the job.

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Hyman replaces former fire chief Chris Adams, who retired in September after 30 years with the fire department.

City officials are expected to set a date for Hyman's swearing in ceremony.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story. 


ORIGINAL STORY: The city of Chattanooga has a new fire chief.  Philip Hyman will replace Chris Adams who retired at the end of September.

Philip Hyman was selected from 62 applicants for the position. Mayor Andy Berke selected him for his 22 years at the Chattanooga Fire Department.

Mayor Berke described Hyman as a leader in the community, acknowledging his time in Chattanooga through tragic events like the deadly Woodmore bus crash and July 16, when five servicemen were killed.

Hyman said the department has sufficient gear and facilities, but it's the men and women of the department that make it great. He looks forward to getting things done as chief.

“We just got a new budget this year. We got some equipment coming, firefighters we need to manage. We are a busy place. Look forward to settling in and moving forward,” said Chief Hyman.

Hyman worked his way up the ranks, beginning his career as a firefighter and most recently serving as training chief.

The city council has to approve Mayor Berke's nomination. Once that is done, they will set a swearing in ceremony date.

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