Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan & Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel address the media in City Hall. (July 18, 2017)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany said goodbye to its second public safety leader in as many days...  the city’s fire chief was given a walkout ceremony Friday.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany officials anticipate a seamless transfer of power following last week's announcement that Fire Chief Warren Abriel is retiring at the end of the month.

Chief Warren Abriel Jr. takes a look back at the History of the AFD
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The Albany Fire Department is one of the nation's oldest professional departments. This year, it celebrates its 150th anniversary.  Chief Warren Abriel Jr., a 45-year veteran of the Albany Fire Department, addressed a crowd Wednesday night at City Hall.

Senator Chuck Schumer
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

And now an update to a story we broadcast early last month: A federal grant that will enable the Albany Fire Department to purchase a state-of the art mobile fire training center has come through. 

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan & Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel address the media in City Hall. (July 18, 2017)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A Monday night fire in Albany's Center Square neighborhood has destroyed several historic buildings and displaced residents.