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Richard Bowers is officially Fire Chief for Ocean City.

The town council confirmed his appointment yesterday.

Bowers replaces Chris Larmore.

He announced his retirement in February and has served as a member of the Volunteer Fire Company for the last 27 years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was appointed to chief in 2008 that oversaw for the first time both career and volunteer fighters.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The union representing Wilmington's firefighters has submitted a letter to city officials notifying them they have "no confidence" in the department's leader, Fire Chief Anthony S. Goode.

The News Journal Reports that the letter, submitted Thursday, also asks that Goode be removed as chief. It's signed by Bruce Schweiger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1590, for Wilmington.

The no-confidence letter was a result of a union vote in March in which 97 percent of members affirmed they no longer have confidence in Goode.

Wilmington Fire Department Official Seal

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington's fire chief says he has begun carrying a firearm to protect himself after taking on more code enforcement duties.

Fire Chief Anthony Goode says he has been carrying a gun for about a month. He says firefighters are always in dangerous situations and don't know what they're walking into.

Goode has been involved in cracking down on three makeshift clubs run by the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club.