Chattanooga Fire Chief Retiring; CPD applying for JAG

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)–  Chattanooga’s Fire Chief is stepping down after two years on the job, and nearly 30 years of service.

Fire Chief Chris Adams seemed taken back by the standing ovation he was given after giving the invocation to kick off Tuesday’s meeting. Vice Chairmen Ken Smith says this may have been the last time.

The meeting began with an emotional send off from Vice Chairman Ken Smith to Chattanooga Fire Chief Chris Adams.

Smith says, “Leading the men and women in the Chattanooga fire department, sitting in this chair seat and to have the invocation given by you, thank you so much for everything you have done for this city and especially for the men and woman. and I just want to say thank you.”

Chattanooga Fire Department spokesmen could confirm that he is ending his time with the department in September, but wants to allow Chief Adams to announce the details himself.

The city council also allowing the Chattanooga Police department to apply for the Justice Assistance Grant to help purchase items that aren’t included in the fiscal year budget.

Assistant Chief Eric Tucker says, ” The federal government gives so much money per department, per state and it helps relieve some of the burdens that we have, and budgets are tight throughout the city and we are currently in our budgeting process and we try to do, be good stewards of that money and this is a way that we can get a little bit extra through the federal government.”

The Justice Assistance Grant (or JAG) would bring more than $130,000 dollars in for the city police and county sheriff’s department. CPD’s portion would be spent on things like repairs to the boat fleet, training equipment like chairs for the academy and a k-9 bite suit and command board. $43,000 of the money would be allocated to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.


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