Bernalillo County commissioners pick new fire chief
Posted at: 08/16/2013 12:31 PM
| Updated at: 08/16/2013 1:26 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
The Bernalillo County board of commissioners selected a new fire chief on Friday afternoon.
Frank Barka was voted unanimously as chief of the Bernalillo County Fire Department at the commissioners' meeting in downtown Albuquerque.
Since 2008, Barka has served as the deputy chief of support services for the department. He was named interim chief last July after former chief John Garcia retired after 26 years in the field.
"I think the first goal is to sit down and look at how to progressively move forward and build a very positive fire department, and work on our staff and how we can better utilize them and better train them," Barka said.
Barka started his firefighter career as a volunteer with the Bernalillo County Fire Department in 1982.