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New leadership for Florence Fire Dept.

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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

The Florence Fire Department is under new leadership for the first time in more than 20 years.

Mayor Mickey Haddock named Battalion Chief Terry Willett as the city's interim fire chief.

Nearly a dozen firefighters and city employees were on hand for Monday's announcement.

November will mark Willett's 40th year with the department. He has numerous certificates and experience in all areas of fire operations and leadership from Wallace State College National Fire Academy and from the Alabama Fire College.

Willett is taking command from Chief Charlie Cochran who has been battling health issues and has plans to retire.

Cochran has been with the department for more than 40 years serving more than 20 of those years as fire chief.

The city's civil service board has not released a time table as to when a permanent chief will be named.

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