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Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The City of Hailey has a new fire chief. Craig Aberbach of Cape Coral, Florida was selected earlier this week out of the list of three finalists. Mayor Fritz Hammerle said Aberbach brings 24 years of fire rescue, emergency management and administrative leadership experience. He has served as division chief, battalion chief and captain of special operations. His broad experience includes operations, life safety, and prevention and support services, labor matters, and budget preparation and planning. He holds a Masters Degree in management and an AA Degree in Fire Science. He served as a course designer and instructor at Florida State Fire College and various fire academies and conferences. Working as the Director at Edison State College his responsibilities including Fire Academy oversight, EMT and Paramedic programs and both Fire and EMS classes and associated degrees. His efforts and excellence earned him the recognition of State of Florida Fire Service Instructor of the Year in 2000.
The transfer between retiring Chief Mike Chapman and Aberbach has been ongoing this week according to Heather Dawson the Hailey City Administrator. The new chief will officially take over the position November 1, 2013.