May 3, 2006 - Mayor Bill Haslam announced
today the appointment of Robert Key as chief of the Knoxville Fire
"Chief Key's leadership abilities and his depth of experience make
him the right person for this job," Mayor Haslam stated. "I trust
in his commitment to the citizens of Knoxville and the men and women
of the Fire Department."
Key, 58, joined the Fire Department in 1975, and rose through the
ranks, holding the positions of senior firefighter, master firefighter
and fire officer before being named an assistant chief in 1998.
In that position, he plans, organizes and commands firefighting
operations and emergencies in a district, and has administrative
and scheduling duties. Key also served as a hazardous materials
team leader for eight years and served on the department's accreditation