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AFD Chief Resigns, Replaced by former Chief Fullenwider

APRIL 24, 2014 - Mayor Sullivan announced today a personnel change within the Anchorage Fire Department (AFD). Chief Chris Bushue will step down from his duties effective May 12, 2014.

In late March 2014, Chief Bushue requested the position change from chief to battalion chief. Mayor Sullivan stated "Chief Bushue has been a valuable asset for over 33 years. I'm confident that he will continue to serve the department well, and I thank him for his service to Anchorage."

Former AFD Chief John Fullenwider, who retired in 2006, agreed to return to the department beginning on May 12, 2014.

Fullenwider started his career with the City in 1963 and held a host of positions including firefighter, engineer, fire inspector, deputy fire marshal, and ultimately became chief in 2001.

"The citizens of the Municipality of Anchorage are extremely fortunate to have someone with Chief Fullenwider’s experience agree to resume his public service as Fire Chief. He is a consummate professional and I look forward to working with him,” the mayor said.

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