TAVARES — After a months-long search, Lake County Fire Rescue has hired lifelong career firefighter Chris Sievert as Deputy Chief.
“Chief Sievert is well known and respected throughout the fire service community, and his expertise and experience will fill a much-needed role in senior management overseeing daily logistics and operations,” said Fire Chief Jim Dickerson. “Lake County Fire Rescue has expanded to meet the needs of the public and our visitors, and Chief Sievert has joined us to strategically plan for emergency services needed to coincide with future population growth.”
Chief Sievert’s first item of business in his new role with the county was to apply for and win a $1.2 million Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to purchase generators and install hurricane windows and doors at Lake County fire stations.
Deputy Chief Sievert started in the fire service at just 16 years old as a cadet with Volusia County Fire Services. Immediately after high school, he began his career with Orange City. In 1989, Chief Sievert began what would be a 29-year career with the City of Deltona’s Fire District, where he retired as Deputy Fire Chief of Administration in July 2018.
Chief Sievert has been a paramedic since 1992 and has worked for Daytona State College and Seminole State College teaching Fire Standards, EMT and Paramedics. His education includes an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Studies, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management.
The career firefighters of Lake County Fire Rescue protect county residents and visitors in an area covering approximately 1,200 square miles, with nearly 70,000 residences and up to 2,000 commercial properties. For the latest news and information on Lake County Fire Rescue, visit, www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue, or www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO.