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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 09-02-2016

Akron, Ohio, Sept. 2, 2016 – Mayor Dan Horrigan announced today the appointment of Larry Bunner as interim Fire Chief of the Akron Fire Department (AFD) effective Tuesday,Sept. 6. Bunner replaces retiring Chief Ed Hiltbrand whose last day is Sept. 3.

Bunner retired from the Akron Fire Department January 7, 2011 after 38 ½ years of distinguished service to the citizens of Akron. He joined AFD in June 1972 as a firefighter. Six years later he was promoted to lieutenant, then to captain in 1986, district chief in 1991 and deputy fire chief, January 1996. Bunner was promoted to chief in March 2007.

“Larry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position,” said Mayor Horrigan. “I am grateful he has agreed to serve as our interim chief through the end of the year as we carefully work through a progressive process beginning with an internal search for the right candidate.”

Bunner will be sworn-in as interim fire chief on Tuesday, September 6. The Mayor will work closely with Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Charles Brown and Human Resources Director Don Rice and to identify, interview and select the next fire chief.


About the Akron Fire Department

The Akron Fire Department exists to protect the lives, property, and environment within our community by minimizing the impact of fire, medical emergencies, and hazardous conditions. Our motto is “Dedicated to Service”.

The Akron fire Department currently protects 200,000 residents and 62 square miles within the City of Akron. The department provides 13 Engine companies, 13 ALS Medical Units, 5 Ladder Companies, 4 Command Officers, 1 Hazmat Team, 1 Dive Team, 1 Technical Rescue Team and 1 Tactical Medical Unit. The department operates from 13 fire stations with administrative offices in downtown Akron, a Fire Training Academy and a Fire Maintenance Facility.

For further information, contact:
Christine R. Curry
Director of Communications
166 S. High Street, Akron, OH 44308
Phone: 330/375-2209
E-mail: [email protected]

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