Chris Sievert has been named Deputy Chief of Lake County Fire Rescue, after the city conducted a months-long search for the right professional.
At 16 years of age, Chris volunteered as a cadet with the Volusia County Fire Services.
The experience encouraged him to make Firefighting a career choice. In 1989, he began what became a 29-year career with the City of Deltona’s Fire District.
In 1992, he added paramedic to his credentials.
After attaining an associate degree in emergency medical services/paramedic studies, he continued school, earning a bachelor’s degree in organizational management, and eventually completing a master’s degree in emergency management.
Through the years, he has been an instructor at both Daytona State College and Seminole State College teaching fire standards, EMT and paramedics classes.
Rising through the firefighter’s ranks, he fulfilled one satisfying career, in July of this year, retired as deputy fire chief of administration from the Deltona’s Fire District.
Now, he’s beginning another.
“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,” said Lake County Fire Chief Jim Dickerson of his new second-in-command.
Chief Sievert’s first item of business was to win a $1.2 million Hazard Mitigation Grant to purchase generators and install hurricane windows and doors at the Lake County fire stations.
Lake County Fire Rescue protects residents and visitors over approximately 1,200 square miles which include nearly 70,000 residences and up to 2,000 commercial properties.