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Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Mayor Tom Henry announced Eric Lahey is the new chief of the Fort Wayne Fire Department on Tuesday during a news conference at Citizens Square.

Fort Wayne fire chief named

FORT WAYNE – Eric Lahey, an 18-year member of the Fort Wayne Fire Department, was named the city’s new fire chief on Tuesday.

Lahey has been deputy fire chief, district chief of special operations, district chief of training and development and captain of training. He most recently has been stationed at the fire house on Rudisill Boulevard and Lafayette Street, one of the busiest fire houses in the city.

Lahey said he wants to focus on training to make sure that company officers have every resource they need. He also wants to take a hard look at policies to see how they can be improved.

Lahey replaces former fire chief Amy Biggs, who stepped down from the position to become a fire captain.

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