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Fire Department Staff
Fire Chief Charles Burney
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Fire Chief Burney started with the DeFuniak Springs Fire Department in 1991 as a Firefighter EMT. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2005, and again to Fire Chief October 1 2014. Chief Burney has an impressive resume with many years of experience in fire ground operations, inspections, investigations and training.

Lieutenant Garrett Miller
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Lt. Miller serves as the B-Shift Lieutenant with the city, and has worked as a career Firefighter for 10 years after spending his high school years learning the ropes as a volunteer firefighter since 1999. Lt. Miller is a Nationally and State of Florida Certified Firefighter II, State of Florida certified EMT as well as holding state certifications in Driver Engineer, Instructor I, Fire Officer I, Safety Officer and Live Fire Instructor I and Swiftwater Rescue Technician. 

Lieutenant Ryan Cook
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Lieutenant Cook, also a lifetime resident of DeFuniak Springs, has been employed for the city since 2006. Cook is a Nationally and State of Florida Certified Firefighter II, State of Florida certified EMT as well as holding state certifications in Driver Engineer, Instructor I, Fire Officer I & II, Safety Officer and Live Fire Instructor I.

Lieutenant Jerry Hall
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Lt. Hall currently serves as the A-Shift Lieutenant with the city. Lt. Hall comes to the city with a wide array of knowledge in the Public Safety field. Lt. Hall has worked as an Emergency 911 Dispatcher, Correctional Officer as well as a Volunteer Fire Chief. Lt. Hall has an Associates Degree in Emergency Management as well as being a National and State of Florida Certified Firefighter II, State of Florida certified EMT as well as holding state certifications in Driver Engineer, Instructor I, Inspector I & II and Fire Officer I & II. 

Firefighter/EMT Chad Nelson
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Lt. Nelson, a lifetime resident of DeFuniak Springs, serves as the C-Shift Lieutenant with the city, and the first Fire Lieutenant in the history of the DeFuniak Springs Fire Department. Prior to employment with the city, Lt. Nelson volunteered on the north side of the county with then known, Gaskin Volunteer Fire Department. Lt. Nelson is a Nationally and State of Florida Certified Firefighter II, State of Florida certified EMT as well as holding state certifications in Driver Engineer, Instructor I, Fire Officer I and Live Fire Instructor I

Firefighter/EMT Richard Anderson
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Firefighter Richard Anderson, a lifetime resident of the city, has worked for the Fire Department since 2006. Anderson is a Nationally and State of Florida Certified Firefighter II, State of Florida certified EMT as well as holding state certifications in Driver Engineer, Instructor I and received training as a Public Informations Officer and Swiftwater Rescue Technician.

Firefighter/EMT Randy Hatcher
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Firefighter Hatcher has worked for the City of DeFuniak Springs as Firefighter since 2007. Prior to serving the residents of this city, he was employed as a firefighter for Bay County Fire Rescue, as well as working as a Corrections Officer for the State of Florida, and Volunteer Firefighter with Holmes County. Firefighter Hatcher is a Nationally and State of Florida Certified Firefighter II, State of Florida certified EMT as well as holding state certifications in Driver Engineer and Instructor I.


Firefighter/EMT Allen Sheffield
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Firefighter Allen Sheffield has been employed with the city since 2009, and comes to the city with prior experience from the City of Crestview Fire Department. Firefighter Sheffield is a Nationally and State of Florida Certified Firefighter II, State of Florida certified EMT as well as holding a state certification as a Driver Engineer.

Firefighter/EMT James Stultz
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Firefighter James Stultz has been employed by the City of DeFuniak Springs since 2012. Stultz comes to the city with prior experience in public safety from south Florida where he worked as a Firefighter/EMT and Ocean Rescue Lifeguard/EMT. Stultz is a Nationally and State of Florida Certified Firefighter II, State of Florida certified EMT as well as holding state certifications in Driver Engineer, FLUSAR Rope Rescue Technician, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, as well an International Trauma Life Support Instructor and Health and Safety Services Instructor for the American Red Cross.


Firefighter/EMT Michael Foley
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Firefighter Michael Foley has been employed by the City of DeFuniak Springs since 2016. Foley comes to the department with prior firefighting experience from a neighboring county, as well as open water Lifeguard experience with the South Walton Fire District. Foley is is a Nationally and State of Florida Certified Firefighter II, and State of Florida and Nationally certified EMT.


City of DeFuniak Springs • 71 US Hwy 90 West• DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433• 850-892-8500•
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