City of Abilene Announces New Fire Chief

City of Abilene Announces New Fire Chief

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene is pleased to announce that Larry Bell has been named the new Fire Chief following the retirement of the current Chief, Ken Dozier early next year. City Manager Robert Hanna has every confidence in the 33-year veteran of the Abilene Fire Department. “Larry is ready to be our next Fire Chief,” he said. “Even though Chief Dozier isn’t scheduled to retire until January of 2016, allowing the community and the department to know who the next Chief is will aid in leadership transition, and hopefully put minds at ease. With Chief Bell at the helm, the department is in good hands.” {{more}} Bell has been with the Abilene Fire Department for over 30 years and is currently serving as the one of the deputy fire chiefs. In his time with the AFD, he has occupied every rank within the fire department to include serving as a chief officer for the past 16 years, 13 of those as a battalion chief. He has a Master of Science in Organizational and Human Resource Development and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, both from Abilene Christian University. Bell has also been awarded several professional certifications to include: Executive Fire Officer Certification from the National Fire Academy, Certified Public Manager from Texas State University, Master Firefighter Certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and a Conflict Resolution Certificate from ACU. “I am excited and humbled to be appointed as the Fire Chief of the Abilene Fire Department,” said Bell. “We have a very strong department that provides a high level of service to the citizens of Abilene; it is an honor to lead such a progressive department.” Bell’s appointment comes after Chief Ken Dozier’s retirement announcement back in September of this year. He too has expressed his confidence in Bell. “Chief Bell is a proven leader that will make an excellent Fire Chief,” said Dozier. “I feel that we have an exceptional Fire Department and I am confident it will grow even stronger under Chief Bell’s leadership.” Chief Bell will begin serving as Fire Chief on January 16, 2016.