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Augusta Fire Chief's Job Safe For Now, Commissioner Says

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Augusta's Fire Chief is feeling the heat.

Chief Chris James was scheduled to go back before Augusta Commissioners to face questions about his handling of the fire department but because the meeting ran late, it was put off.

Last month, the department missed a deadline to get about 200 oxygen tanks tested with James taking the blame. So, our question to commissioners is... is Chief James' job now on the line?

"This is about public safety, it's not about the fire chief himself. It's about the public safety and the firefighters who do that job on a daily basis," says Commissioner Donnie Smith. "So, you're not going to make any motions to fire the chief?" we asked. "Not at this time," Smith answered.

Smith says he still wants to hear from the chief...if the public or firefighters were put at risk when the deadline was missed for testing oxygen tanks.

Chief James says the answer is "no", and that all tanks now have been inspected and none have failed.

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