There is a new fire chief in Indianapolis. Twenty-eight year department veteran Ernest Malone was sworn in, Monday.
A radio call went out around the department announcing Malone as the new IFD Chief.
Outgoing Chief Brian Sanford ceremonially passed over an axe, fire helmet, and pin symbolizing the change of command.
Malone says the event is an honor, but is now focused on the work.
"I love this city and to be entrusted with this position is something I take very seriously," he said. "After all of this is over and everyone stops patting you on the back, it's time to get to work and I took this job because I am interested in doing this job."
One of Malone's goals is to have IFD become Internationally Accredited. He says there are less than 200 departments in the world with that distinction.
"It's just more of an internal assessment of what you are doing. It lets you know you are meeting the highest industry standards available and that's what we will continue to strive for. It's very difficult if less than 200 departments hold it," he said. "IFD is going to become one of those departments."
Malone replaces Sanford who stepped down because of a battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Sanford is transitioning to the Department of Public Safety where he will work as the chief of staff for Director Troy Riggs.