HICKORY -- The Hickory City Council will swear in Fred Hollar on Tuesday night as the city’s new fire chief.
Hollar, who has 45 years’ experience in emergency services and planning, replaces Fred Alexander, who is retiring after 45 years in fire service. Hollar had been deputy chief under Alexander.
“I feel fortunate that we have a person of Chief Hollar’s character and experience,” Hickory City Manager Mick Berry said. “His vision and relationships with our partners in emergency services make him uniquely qualified to lead our excellent profession firefighters.”
Officials credit Hollar with developing Hickory’s disaster plan and handling a 15-year plan for the city’s fire department, including station locations, apparatus purchase, and cost projections.
In addition, Hickory also noted the retirement this week of two fire department employees with 30 years’ experience -- Kevin Little and Lindsay Teague.