The city of Hemet Thursday announced the appointment of a new fire chief with more than three decades of experience.

Eddie Sell was named to the top position at the Hemet Fire Department by the City Council following a nationwide recruitment drive, according to the Office of the City Manager.

“We are pleased to welcome Eddie Sell to our community,” Mayor Karlee Meyer said. “I … look forward to him leading the men and women of the Fire Department.”

Sell, a U.S. Navy veteran, was most recently a battalion chief for the Long Beach Fire Department. He was also a firefighter for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Cal Fire.

According to city officials, the new chief, who is taking the reins immediately, is a certified emergency medical technician and president of the California State Firefighters’ Association.

“Sell’s background, experience and high ethical standards will make him an incredible fire chief for our great community.” City Manager Christopher Lopez said. “The entire management team is excited to have such a high-caliber addition to Hemet’s leadership.”

The city’s previous fire chief, Scott Brown, retired in May after six years on the job.

Cameron Phillips, a veteran Hemet firefighter, has been serving as interim chief.

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