Union County fire chief retires

By New Albany News-Exchange

Chief Butch Cobb has announced his retirement as Fire Chief and Executive officer of the Northeast Union County fire Department.

Chief Cobb has lead the department for the past 25 years.

During his tenure as Chief the department has reached several milestones. It was the first Union County Fire Department to receive a lowered insurance rating for its coverage area, saving residents hundreds of dollars in insurance premiums annually.

It was the first Union County Fire Department to build and maintain two fire stations to provide fire protection for the community.

Through Chief Cobb’s leadership and grant writing abilities the fire dept. has received 10 federally funded grants for Firefighting Turnout Gear, Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), Forest Fire Turnout Gear, Equipment and Training for personnel, Air Compressor to refill air bottles, Thermal Imaging Camera, Automobile Rescue Tools, Rescue/Brush Truck, 3500 Gallon Tanker Truck, Mobile Classroom to teach Fire Prevention through North MS., Smoke Detectors that were installed in each household in the Fire District. The Grants totaled more than $800,000.

Under his leadership the department responded to over 1250 emergency calls.

Chief Cobb plans to continue to assist the department in anyway possible.

“It will be a relief not to have to be concerned with the safety of the public and fire fighter personnel; I’ll enjoy spending more time with my family and fishing,” he said.

Chief Wade Chism has taken over as the new leader of the department; Dan Richey was promoted from Captain to Asst. Chief.