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It is an honor to serve the citizens of the Pace Fire Rescue District as your Fire Chief. I am committed to ensuring you have highly trained professionals who can competently and professionally perform the task to mitigate your emergency. I am incredibly proud of our staff here at Pace Fire Rescue District. The men and women who serve the citizens and visitors of the District work vigilantly every day to deliver the best possible assistance.
The delivery of services by our personnel is through a team approach. It is through this approach that the crews can stabilize the sick and injured through Basic and Advanced Life Support medical services, or provide fire suppression. We are accomplishing the vital tasks that are necessary to maintain the situation. The building of a quality team has achieved through many hours of hard work, training, and dedication.
The District utilizes modern firefighting techniques and aggressively performs interior fire attacks using modern equipment and tactics. Our crews, along with our Automatic Aid partners, work under an Incident Command System which significantly improves efficiency and safety on the fire ground. The reality is that most of the residents living within the District will never actually have to utilize the Fire services.
Our commitment is that in those times when there is a need for assistance, whether emergency or non-emergency, we will be there to deliver professional services that meet or exceed your expectations. If you ever encounter a situation where we did not perform up to your expectations, please feel free to contact me at 850-994-6884 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Whitfield was appointed interim Chief in January 2016 and appointed as the Department's Chief in April 2016.
Chief Whitfield earned an associate degree from Troy University. His Bachelor's Degree in Fire Administration from Waldorf University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also graduated from the Florida Fire Chiefs Emergency Services Leadership Institute. Chief Whitfield has also obtained numerous certifications, including Fire Inspector II, Fire Instructor III, Florida Live Fire Instructor, Fire Officer III, and Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor. He is also a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Florida Fire Marshals, and Inspector Association, 1st Vice President of the Santa Rosa County Firefighters Association, Board of Directors Pace Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors for the Northwest Florida Firefighter Weekend Council, Eastman Chemical Corporation Citizens Advisory Panel, and President of the Board for the Ferry Pass Fire Department. The Florida Fire Chief Association recognized him as the 2019 Fire Chief of the Year for Combination and Volunteer Fire Departments—Pace Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year. Chief Whitfield's Certified District Manager designation was conferred upon him by the John Scott Daily Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University and the Florida Association of Special Districts. He is the recipient of the 2023 Tenzinga Executive Leadership Award.