Bratcher has worked with the department since 1983. He's served as its interim leader since
During his tenure with the city, Bratcher has been a firefighter, engineer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, battalion chief and the department's assistant chief. He also has served as a
"He has the confidence of his team and the many citizens whose lives he has touched over the years," McConnell said in a statement issued by the city.
While Bratcher was serving as interim chief, the city improved its
Bratcher will oversee a 60-person department that has a
In the statement issued by the city, Bratcher said he will take a proactive approach as fire chief.
"I am thankful for the confidence of the city administration," Bratcher said in the statement that the city issued. "I look forward to leading this team of devoted, fire service professionals.
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