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Dru R. Driscoll was named Daytona Beach's new fire chief on Monday, March 17.
Chief Driscoll is the city's 19th fire chief.
The 36-year-old, who succeeds retired Fire Chief James Bland, began his public safety career as a firefighter for the city in January 1999. After serving as a firefighter from 1999 to 2004, he has been in several progressively responsible positions for the department, including serving as the interim fire chief since April.
Chief Driscoll earned an associate degree in fire science and will graduate this summer from Keiser University with a bachelor's degree in public safety administration. He grew up in the Daytona Beach area, graduated from Seabreeze High School and is a Daytona Beach resident.
In addition to Chief Driscoll's several certifications, he is a graduate of the Emergency Services Leadership Institute (Florida Fire Chief's Association) and a graduate of Leadership Daytona. During his career with the Fire Department, he has been instrumental in assisting in the department's progressive advancements to improve the quality of service offered to the citizens and visitors of our great city.
"It is an honor to represent the 106 men and women of the Daytona Beach Fire Department as we continue our mission to serve this community with unwavering commitment," Chief Driscoll said in a news release.
Serving the city since 1909, the Fire Department responds annually to about 19,000 calls for service, providing fire protection services and advanced life support from seven fire stations throughout the city.