Thomasville Times Enterprise

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February 12, 2014

Schafer named Cairo fire chief

THOMASVILLE — The City of Cairo has announced its choice for a new fire chief Tuesday.

Capt. William (Bill) Schafer, 36, of Cairo will be the Cairo Fire Department’s new fire chief effective March 10. He will succeed Jim T. Fielding, who is retiring.

Schafer is a 1997 Cairo High School graduate. He began working for the City of Cairo in 1997 with the Water Utility Department. In September 1999, he transferred to the Street Department as a construction equipment operator.

In May 2000, Schafer joined the fire department in Cairo under the leadership of former Chief Jerry Pearce. He was promoted to an engineer in 2007 and in December of that year he became a lieutenant.

In March 2010, Schafer obtained his Fire Science diploma from West Georgia Technical College.

He received his Associates in Applied Fire Science Technology in May 2013, also from West Georgia Technical College.

In July 2011, Schafer was promoted to captain of the Cairo Fire Dept.

Schafer is honored to be named fire chief,.

He said, “I’m excited for this opportunity. I look forward to serving the citizens of Cairo. (I’m) very thankful to the city manager and the city council for this opportunity as their fire chief.”

His hopes building on progress the department made under Fielding.

“I want to keep us moving in a positive direction. It’s my pleasure to work for the men of the fire department. I know I will be faced with challenges, but that comes with the territory,” he said.

City Manager Chris Addleton said Schafer is well qualified for his new post and has demonstrated his desire to gain valuable educational and training experience to lead the department.

He said, “I look forward to him continuing a professional atmosphere as he leads our fire department and instills our City values of commitment, integrity, teamwork and excellence.”


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