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Nesmith retiring as Hillsborough County Fire Chief
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Nesmith retiring as Hillsborough County Fire Chief

Hillsborough County, FL -- After 41 years of fire service, William (Bill) Nesmith, will retire on Jan. 15 from the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

Nesmith, 62, joined Hillsborough County Fire Rescue as Assistant Chief in 1994 and was promoted to Fire Chief in 1996. Prior to that, he was with Tampa Fire Rescue for 24 years and retired as a Division Chief in 1994. 

"Over the 41 years of fire service, I have found a second family and the friendships will last forever," Chief Nesmith said on a statement. "I will cherish the time I spent in the fire service."

Under Nesmith’s leadership, Hillsborough County Fire Department and Hillsborough County Emergency Medical Services merged and became Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. After the merger, Chief Nesmith oversaw Hillsborough County Fire Rescue's growth from 400 to more than 850 career firefighters and 175 volunteers.

A farewell open house at Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, 2709 E. Hanna Ave., will be held Friday, Jan. 14 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friends and well-wishers are welcome to attend.

Administration Chief Ron Rogers will serve as interim chief while a nationwide search is conducted for Chief Nesmith’s replacement.

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