L to R: Battalion Chief Chris Threlkeld, Battalion Chief Daryle Blankenship, Driver-Operator Brian Strong, Driver-Operator Randy Moore, Fire Chief Richard Talbert, Administration Chief Scott Gaenicke, Operations Chief Mike Woodward, Lieutenant Brian Marfitt, Lieutenant Roland Carpentier
Fire Chief Richard Talbert presided over one of the largest promotional ceremonies in Titusville Fire and Emergency Services history when he promoted eight employees to higher ranks on April 6. "I was thrilled to be present to recognize and congratulate these employees as they advanced in their fire service careers. I was especially pleased that the last promotional event I presided over in my role as Titusville's Fire Chief was to see such a large group of talented internal candidates assume their new ranks, as they will determine the direction and the future of our department. We have worked hard to implement our department's career ladder components, allowing our employees the opportunity to move upwardly within our organization, and seeing the culmination of our efforts by virtue of their hard work and commitment is gratifying".
Chief Talbert will be leaving Titusville's fire service April 25 to assume the leadership role in the panhandle region of Florida as South Walton Fire District's fire chief and administrator. Co-workers, peers and family members attended an open house for Chief Talbert last Friday, presenting him with a commemorative fire axe and reviewing his history and accomplishments as Titusville's Fire Chief and City Emergency Manager during the past seven years. Chief Talbert said, "The last few weeks have been quite emotional on many levels, but I am in good spirits knowing what an outstanding group of people and professionals you are and that Titusville Fire and Emergency Services is in the most capable hands. I wanted to express my heartfelt appreciation for the kindness and respect you have afforded me and my family. To be recognized in front of my family members is something I will treasure."
Titusville's Interim City Manager Mark Ryan announced Monday that Administration Chief Scott Gaenicke will assume the role of Interim Fire Chief, effective April 26. He further noted that the Mayor and City Council will be selecting a new City Manager in the coming weeks and the determination of Titusville Fire and Emergency Services permanent Fire Chief will be the responsibility of that incoming City Manager.