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Chief Michael Hill has been named Chief of the

Fayetteville Fire / Emergency Management Department

Michael Hill has been named chief of the Fayetteville Fire / Emergency Management Department. Hill had served as interim chief since March and as deputy chief since 2010.

Chief Hill began his career following a junior high school job shadowing program in 1987 with a Fayetteville Fire Battalion Chief. He started with the Wade Community Fire Department, where he has been chief since 2004. Hill has served the Fayetteville Fire/Emergency Management Department for over 25 years, starting as a firefighter in 1993 and rising through the ranks to lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, deputy chief and now chief.

“Michael Hill has the talent, experience and leadership abilities to be Fayetteville’s next fire chief,” City Manager Doug Hewett said. “Chief Hill is the utmost professional, who has great respect and admiration from within the Fayetteville Fire/Emergency Management Department. I’m confident in his abilities to lead the department.”

“It is a great honor and fulfillment of a life-long dream to be named Fire/Emergency Management Chief for the City of Fayetteville,” Hill said. “I have dedicated the past 31 years as a public servant preparing for this opportunity and I look forward to leading the Fire/Emergency Management Department into the future.”

Hill has managed or been assigned to every division of the department. As chief, he will head a staff of 331 and oversee a $29 million budget for a department that is internationally accredited and has achieved an ISO rating of class 1, which is the best possible rating. ISO stands for Insurance Services Office and their rating describes how well a fire department can protect the community. Insurance companies also use the score to help set insurance rates.