1959-2019 60th Anniversary

Chiefs Desk

 It is an honor to serve the citizens of the Pace Fire Rescue District as your Fire Chief. I am committed to insuring you have highly trained professionals who can competently and professionally perform the task to mitigate your emergency. I am extremely proud of our staff here at Pace Fire Rescue District. The men and woman who serve the citizens  and  visitors of the District work vigilantly each and every day to deliver the best possible assistance. The delivery of services by our personnel is accomplished through a team approach. It is through this approach that the crews are able to stabilize the sick and injured through Basic and Advanced Life Support medical services, or provide fire suppression - accomplishing the vital tasks that are necessary to stabilize the situation. The building of a quality team has been accomplished through many hours of hard work, training and dedication. The District utilizes modern firefighting techniques and aggressively performs interior fire attacks utilizing modern equipment and tactics. Our crews along with our Automatic Aid partners work under an Incident Command System which greatly 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, but it is our commitment that in those times when you do have a need of 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 rwhitfield@pacefirerescuedistrict.com.”  

About the Chief


Chief Whitfield was appointed Chief of the Department in April 2016. 

He earned his Associates Degree from Troy University in General Education and graduated from Waldorf College, Summa Cum Laude  with his Bachelors Degree in Fire Administration. He is also a graduate of the Emergency Services Leadership Institute.  He was recognized as the 2019 Fire Chief of the Year for Combination and Volunteer Fire Departments by the Florida Fire Chief's Association.