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Mike Carrier named fire chief for Bristol, Tennessee

Michael Carrier (Photo credit: City of Bristol, Tennessee)

Interim fire chief Mike Carrier was officially named the new fire chief for Bristol, Tennessee on Friday.

Carrier was selected from a candidate pool of 42. He will be the seventh fire chief since the department became professionally staffed in 1948.

“Chief Carrier has done an outstanding job in leading the Fire Department with the departure of retiring Fire Chief Bob Barnes," city manager Bill Sorah said. Chief Carrier is passionate about leading this department and is abundantly qualified to do so. He will be a great asset to our City.”

Carrier has been with the city since 1988 when he began his career as a firefighter.

When asked what his greatest achievement in his lengthy fire service career was, Carrier responded hesitation, “Being able to make a difference in peoples’ lives. Not only the people have we seen every day in difficult situations, but the people I am privileged to work with every day.”

“I don’t see any significant changes in the Fire Department staffing structure; I feel that there are no broken programs," Carrier said. "My hope is to bring those programs to the next level."

Carrier is also an ordained minister who is interim pastor at his church. “My faith has put me in different places in my life and has allowed me to be where I am today,” Carrier added.

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