Key Sworn in as Knoxville Fire Chief

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Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Key Sworn in as Knoxville Fire Chief

Posted: 05/17/2006
Robert E. Key was sworn in today as the City of Knoxville's Fire Chief in a ceremony conducted by Mayor Bill Haslam at the Fire Department's downtown headquarters.

Key, 58, was promoted to chief of the 300-firefighter department after a 30-year career that included holding the positions of senior firefighter, master firefighter and fire officer before being named an assistant chief in 1998. In that position, he oversaw all firefighting, emergency operations and administrative duties for five stations.Key is a Fulton High School graduate and served in the U.S. Army. He and his wife, June, have three grown children.

The Knoxville Fire Department traces its roots to 1885 when it evolved from a volunteer department to one staffed full-time with paid firefighters. Today, the department provides fire protection, first-response and other services to a 100-square mile area with an annual budget of $28.2 million.