College Station Fire Chief Retiring

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College Station's fire chief will retire later this month.

R.B. Alley was named the chief in May 2005. He came to College Station from Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he had started his career as a volunteer firefighter in 1973, but eventually rose to become district fire chief there.

In February, Alley was named Fire Chief of the Year by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, recognizing his leadership in 2012 which saw the department open Fire Station No. 6, purchase an additional ladder truck, bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money, and have numerous safety programs in place for the public.

Fire Stations Nos. 3 and 5 were also built and staffed during Alley's tenure as chief.

Alley's last day on the job will be June 28.

"I consider myself very blessed to have had the opportunity to work for such a great city, outstanding city council and to be part of such a talented and professional city management team," Alley said in a statement released by the city. "I’m so very proud to have had the opportunity and privilege to work with the men and women of the College Station Fire Department. These outstanding professionals represent the best of America’s fire service. I look forward to seeing the many great accomplishments and milestones that CSFD will achieve in the years to come."

The College Station Fire Department has 135 personnel and a $13.1 million budget, according to the city.