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Veteran Chief From Florida
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Chief Richard Talbert was
appointed as Fire Chief in October of 1999 of the Titusville
Fire and Emergency Services. He has been with the City of Titusville
for five years and served as a Battalion Commander, Training Commander,
and Operations Chief.
A twenty-two year veteran
of the fire service, his career strarted with the City of Ocala, Florida.
In 1988 he moved to Brevard County taking a position with the Kennedy
Space Center as their training officer and eventually Operations chief
supporting 26 shuttle missions.
He holds an Associates Degree
from Brevard Community College in Fire Science Technology, is currently
enrolled in the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer program
and a graduate of the University of Maryland's Staff and Command Program.
Chief Talbert is currently
Chairman of the Florida Society of Fire Service Instructors and is actively
involved in the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association’s statewide Disaster Committee
as his county’s coordinator and Region V alternate.
He was awarded his department’s
meritorious service award and the State of Florida’s distinguished service
award twice for his actions during Florida’s Firestorm in 1998 and Wildfires
of 2000. Rick’s command officer experience is respected among his peers
and has been utilized at home as well as other areas of Florida during
Florida’s natural disasters over the last several years. He also serves
as his City’s emergency manager.
Chief Talbert egan his teaching
career at the Florida State Fire College in 1984 and has taught various
technical programs. He has written lesson plans for the International Society
of Fire Instructor’s Instructor Gram and Haz Mat Gram series and the Fire
Department Safety Officer Association’s Safety Grams series.
The City of Titusville Florida
is approximately thirty minutes east of Orlando and Titusville Fire and
Emergency Services a 62 member career department protecting a twenty-five
square mile area, serving forty-three thousand residents with four stations
running two engines, two quints and a rescue with three of the four stations
to be ALS by March 2001. The department responded to over five thousand
calls for service in 2000.
Chief Talbert is a native
of Prince Georges County, Maryland.