Fourmile names new fire chief

From left: Justin Glass resigned Nov. 19 as fire chief for the Fourmile volunteer fire department, and was succeeded by John Entrekin. (Reporter photo/Brad Gaskins)

By BRAD GASKINS / Staff Writer

Fourmile’s fire and rescue squad has a new chief.

John Entrekin was sworn-in Nov. 19 during the volunteer department’s annual meeting at the fire station. He succeeds John Glass to become Fourmile’s fifth fire chief in 25 years.

Entrekin began his firefighting career 11 years ago at Fourmile. He is employed as a fire medic for Mountain Brook and has also worked for the Calera Fire Department.

Glass announced his planned resignation to about 50 people gathered for the chili supper and business meeting.

Glass, 34, works for the Calera Fire Department, and also as a part-time Shelby County 9-1-1 dispatcher. He will continue to volunteer at Fourmile.

Virgil Rice was selected to succeed Entrekin as deputy chief.

Fourmile’s fire department, founded in 1986, serves areas of unincorporated Shelby County between Columbiana and Wilsonville.