Ballard names 42nd chief of Indy fire department

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The city of Indianapolis has a new fire chief.

Mayor Greg Ballard and Public Safety Director Troy Riggs named Ernest Malone as the 42nd Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department on Thursday.

Chief Malone, a 28-year fire veteran, succeeds Chief Brian Sanford, who announced in April he planned to retire from IFD on August 11.

According to a release, Malone started his career as a firefighter at IFD in 1986. Since then he has held every merit rank in the department including Battalion Chief.

For more information about Chief Malone’s career with the Indianapolis Fire Department click here.

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