Innovative, approachable, and confident Deputy Fire Chief with 25 years of experience in the fire service. Earned the respect and admiration from many in the fire service through progressive, compassionate, honest, and empowering leadership. Completed the Washington State Firefighters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) program while a Firefighter with Auburn, Washington. Worked as a Firefighter/EMT in a comparable department from 1995-2001 in Auburn, Washington and worked through the ranks starting as a Firefighter/Paramedic in Pembroke Pines, Florida, serving 180,000 people, from 2001-2018.
As the Deputy Fire Chief, I am second in command and responsible for a plethora of duties that collectively ensure the safe and effective operations of the Fire District. These job duties include, fiscal management, training, operations, personnel management, bolstering relationships, updating and creating policies and procedures, and documenting activities. I work with the Fire Chief to recommend a budget to the Fire Commission that will strengthen the Fire District's financial position. This includes forecasting staffing, facilities, equipment, and training needs; identifying opportunities for additional revenue from grants, levies, agreements with community partners, or reducing costs; and preparing budget adjustments throughout the year as they are needed to meet economic change. An extremely important duty is the management of personnel issues. I solve issues related to accrued leave, contract requirements, and personnel conflicts. These resolutions come from empowering, developing, and motivating personnel. I do this through quality training; decisive, transparent, and honest leadership; developing well thought out procedures; and aptly negotiated collective bargaining agreements. I also fill the role of Training Chief. I established an in-house training program including, the budget items required for the training and the calendar of events in compliance with local needs, State and Federal laws and recognized standards. My training program is pertinent, has helped to improve the Fire District's protection class rating, and is cost effective. Additionally, I am the planning chairperson for MFSA's Fire Protection Agencies Advisory Council.
As a Battalion Chief for Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue, I had complete responsibility over all activities of the fire and rescue companies while on an assigned shift and at emergency incidents until relieved by a higher-ranking officer. I developed a reputation for being a fair, prudent, transparent, and honest leader. There was a minimum daily staffing of 50 Firefighters and Officers between six stations. Each station had multiple companies, including one or two medic trucks and an engine company. Two stations had an additional truck company and one station had an ARFF truck for an executive airport. As the Battalion Chief, I was responsible to ensure everyone within the Battalion was prepared to respond to and mitigate emergencies in a safe and efficient manner all while completing their daily activities.
The key to successfully mitigating all of the daily operations for a busy fire department, we responded to over 22,000 alarms annually, was to appropriately delegate tasks to applicable personnel and properly prioritize items that needed my personal attention. I developed strong relationships with the members of my Battalion allowing me to know their strengths and weaknesses. On a regular basis, I met with other Battalion Chiefs and the Operations Chief to identify opportunities for improvements and areas of concern. These opportunities and challenges included personnel issues, training, equipment, facilities, and special community events.
As a Captain for Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue, I was responsible for either an Engine or a Ladder Company and a Medic crew. I established command at both large- and small-scale incidents. I operated as the Incident Commander, a Division or Group leader, or as the leader of an Engine or Ladder Company. I directed, supervised, and formed strong bonds with each member assigned to my charge. I evaluated, counseled, and guided those members toward a long, healthy, and productive career. I ensured compliance with departmental rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. I ensured and assisted with the maintenance of apparatus, equipment, and facilities. I operated as a team leader on routine and significant emergency medical alarms, fire calls, and other emergencies.
As a Firefighter for both Auburn Fire Department and then Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue, I was an eager and hard-working team member. I appreciated the direction from my Officer's and efficiently followed this direction at all times. I participated in training, public education, fire suppression, medical triage, treatment, and transport, and emergency mitigation. I also participated in pre-fire planning, providing station and equipment maintenance, and special events.
Washington State Paramedic, Fire Instructor, FF I, FF II, JATC Firefighter, ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, & 800, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations, and Technician (expired), Wildland Red Card, Safety Officer, On-Scene Incident Command, Extrication, Swift Water Rescue, and IAFF Leadership
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