WILMINGTON -- Wilmington Fire Department Chief Sam Hill announced his retirement on Tuesday. Hill has been an employee with the City for more than 50 years and served as chief since 1988.
Hill has maintained the department's Class 2 rating for 20 years. The WFD is one of only six fire departments in the state to be ranked a Class 2, which reflects both superior equipment and manpower, as well as quick response times to fires.
Also during Chief Hill's tenure, the department has grown substantially. The department now has more than 220 employees with a budget of $13.6 million. As part of that growth, Hill oversaw the construction of the Pine Valley, Eastwood Road, Landfall, Masonboro and now the Seagate fire stations, as well as the headquarters facility on Market Street.
Hill has also been instrumental in the funding and design of the Public Safety Training Center at Cape Fear Community College, which is now under construction.
Hill has been an employee with the City for more than 50 years and served as chief since 1988.
He will retire effective March 31, 2008.