Chief Ristow leaving St. Johns Fire and Rescue

Chief Karl Ristow (provided)

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Chief Karl Ristow, Fire Chief with the St John's Fire District has announced he is leaving the department.

Chief Ristow told ABC News 4 that his family got a great opportunity in Baltimore so they would be relocating. He said that, while he was sad to leave, the department has great people in place to help make a smooth transition.

According to a press release from the St. Johns Fire and Rescue Department, Chief Ristow will be working with the department to find his replacement, which they hope to be done in the next couple of months.

The department had this to say:

"Chief Ristow has been with the department since 1998 and has been instrumental in modernizing the organization, improving operational response, implementing a professional development matrix for the department, achieved automatic aid with neighboring departments, and consolidating the 911 system in Charleston County. Chief Ristow has also taken a proactive position on fire prevention and public fire education.{} He has routinely budgeted specifically for residential smoke alarms and has provided guidance with obtaining grant opportunities that directly support fire and life safety initiatives, such as residential home addressing. Additionally, he has served on many state and local committees working side by side with other emergency disciplines to increase awareness, prevention, and service to the customer"

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