On Tuesday, March 25, there will be a retirement celebration for Wilmington Fire Department Chief Sam Hill. The celebration will be held at City Hall in Council Chambers at City Hall from 2-4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Chief Hill announced his retirement in September. He has been an employee with the City for more than 51 years and served as chief since 1988.
Mayor Bill Saffo will be among those speaking at Tuesday’s event, along with several members of the department.
Chief Hill has maintained the department’s Class 2 rating for 20 years. The WFD is one of only six fire departments in the state to be ranked a Class 2, which reflects both superior equipment and manpower, as well as quick response times to fires.
Also during Chief Hill’s tenure, the department has grown substantially. The department now has more than 220 employees with a budget of $13.6 million. As part of that growth, Hill oversaw the construction of the Pine Valley, Eastwood Road, Landfall, Masonboro and now the Seagate fire stations, as well as the headquarters facility on Market Street.
A nationwide search is currently underway to find a replacement for Chief Hill.