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Search for new 911 director could begin soon

...Plaster has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and more than 16 years of experience in 911 call centers.Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said the position is "crucial to the overall success of everyone involved in saving lives. "The position...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-10-30/search-new-911-director-could
Indicted Augusta fire marshal challenging city's termination

...threatened to enforce occupancy limits against nightclubs if they didn't pay him, and one count of attempted extortion.Fire Chief Chris James subsequently notified Beard he was terminated, but city personnel policies allow an employee several levels...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-10-21/indicted-augusta-fire-ma
Putting out a fire

...step in his extortion case is an appearance in U.S. District Court for arraignment and bond consideration.Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said last week he submitted a termination notice to the city human resources office. Beard has been on paid...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2015-10-13/putting-out-fire
SC roads hit hard by powerful storm

...pressure and a slow-moving front.Local officials counted several hundred water rescues by mid-morning before Columbia Fire Chief Aubry Jenkins said in an interview that there were too many rescues to keep count."We're just trying to get to everyone...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/weather/2015-10-04/sc-roads-hit-hard-powerful-
9/11 remembered in Augusta area

...with the political part of our world," Baclawski said.For each person there, Sept. 11 meant something different.Fire Chief Chris James said he always thinks of the 343 firefighters lost on that day. His staff in Augusta has 345."That would...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-09-11/911-remembered-augusta-area
Three-year dispute with Augusta ambulance provider hits turning point

...million annual subsidy.After former Fire Chief Howard Willis was pressured into retirement, however, interim Fire Chief Chris James presented a strategic...over losing the zone."It's the fire chief trying to build his own little castle...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-08-29/three-year-dispute-augus
Rants & Raves

...mind would want Bill Clinton wandering around loose in the White House? I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE a major rave to Augusta Fire Chief Christopher James who does an outstanding job. The fire department is very fortunate to have him to lead them in their...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-08-23/rants-raves
Smelly train stinks up Spartanburg

...Spartanburg.The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports residents noticed a funky smell when a CSX train stopped downtown.Fire Chief Marion Blackwell says the odor smelled similar to natural gas but that it wasn't harmful. He says the smell came from...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-10-23/smelly-train-stinks-spartanbu
Augusta's fire prevention bureau gets new leader

...The indictment lists six dates on which the extortion allegedly occurred on a monthly basis, the last being Jan. 3.Fire Chief Chris James sent Beard a notice last week of his intent to terminate his employment. Beard has five days from receiving...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-10-12/augustas-fire-prevention-bure
Augusta fire marshal indicted on extortion charges

...legal step is an appearance in U.S. District Court for arraignment and bond consideration.In a statement, Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said he has submitted a notice of proposed termination of Beard to the city human resources office.The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-10-09/augusta-fire-marshal-i