ACFR Chief Bailey announces December retirement

FILE - Alachua County Fire Rescue Chief Ed Bailey speaks to promoted members of Alachua County Fire Rescue in 2012.

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Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

Alachua County Fire Rescue Chief Ed Bailey has announced that he will be retiring from his post by the end of the year.

Bailey, who began his fire rescue career in 1975, will be retiring Dec. 11, according to an Alachua County news release on Tuesday.

Bailey’s first job was with the Orange Park Fire Department, and in 1980, he came to Alachua County Fire Rescue and worked as a paramedic and attendant. He was also ACFR’s first certified firefighter, the release said.

Bailey became chief in February 2010, the news release said.

“For the second time in my nearly 39-year fire rescue career I am tendering my resignation from my full-time employment, and for the first time formally announcing my retirement,” Bailey said in the release. “My time with Alachua County has been a personal and professional evolution of growth and endearment. Now, it is time to open another chapter in my life.”

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