Longtime Fayette County fire chief retires

Credit: Courtesy Fayette County

Credit: Courtesy Fayette County

David Scarbrough, Fayette County’s fire chief, was honored at a retirement ceremony on Sept. 24 for his more than 34 years of service there. He was presented with a mounted fire axe commemorating his tenure from August 1986 through September 2020; his last day on the force was Sept. 25. Former Deputy Chief Jeff Hill has been named interim fire chief.

Scarbrough spoke at the Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting the night before his retirement for his “official last request” as the board considered and unanimously approved a bid to replace two 10-year-old ambulances at a cost of $450,126. The county operates six frontline ambulances and one reserve vehicle, and has recently expanded its service area. The commissioners thanked Scarbrough for his years of service, with County Administrator Steve Rapson noting that the chief had “managed to replace the entire EMS fleet” during his tenure.