South Fulton Mayor Bill Edwards swears in Freddie Broome as the city's fire chief on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Broome is coming from Valdosta.
Photo: Courtesy city of South Fulton
Photo: Courtesy city of South Fulton

South Fulton swears in new fire chief

As of Tuesday night, any South Fulton city resident with so much as a cat in a tree can start looking to Freddie Broome.

Broome was sworn in as the city’s new fire chief at the South Fulton City Council meeting Tuesday night.

The 46-year-old is moving to metro Atlanta from Valdosta. The city announced in mid May that he was taking the job, for which he’ll be paid $125,000 a year.

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Freddie Broome will become the city of South Fulton’s new fire chief. The 46-year-old is coming from the top spot at the Valdosta Fire Department. (Courtesy the city of South Fulton)

He takes over the role left open by the retirement of Larry Few, who worked in fire service for 38 years.

Broome, a Charlotte native, got his start in 1996 at the Winston-Salem Fire Department in North Carolina.

South Fulton, incorporated in 2017, said in a news release that Broome plans to listen and learn from staff his first 30 days.

And he has some listening to do because much is new.

The Fulton County Fire Department became the South Fulton Fire Department in February 2018. According to previous reporting, the 160 employees protecting the southern portion of Fulton and parts of the first and third battalions got job offers.

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The new department swore in a new chief and 160 firefighters.