Longtime Norfolk Fire-Rescue Chief retiring after 40 years

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk fire chief will hang up his helmet on January 31 after 40 years with Norfolk Fire-Rescue.

Norfolk Fire-Rescue Chief Jeffrey Wise joined the rescue squad in July, 1978. He helped the department partnered with EVMS to bring PulsePoint to the city of Norfolk and collaborated with Norfolk Police on a joint bomb squad and tactical response teams.

“Chief Jeff Wise embodies the definition of public servant. Throughout his 40 year career, he consistently demonstrated leadership, selflessness, a commitment to excellence and an unwavering dedication to Norfolk citizens. I wish him the very best in his retirement,” said Douglas L. Smith, Norfolk City Manager.

Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Michael Brooks was named the an intern fire chief until they fill the position. 

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