LAKELAND, FL (January 9, 2013) — The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce that Shane Reynolds has been named Rescue Chief at the Lakeland Fire Department. Reynolds first started in fire service in 1994 when he served as a volunteer for Polk County Fire Rescue. He has been with the Lakeland Fire Department since 1995 and he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004. Reynolds continued his medical training and became a paramedic in 2005. Since then, he developed a leadership training program for the Fire Department and has instructed in various locations around the state of Florida.
As Rescue Chief, he will be responsible for administrative work that ensures the readiness of medical personnel assigned to the Fire Department’s emergency medical units. His duties will include the coordination of Fire Fighter physicals and infection control; the management of quality assurance and improvement standards; and he will oversee the Department’s Advanced Life Saving program and all associated supervisory activities.
Reynolds said, “This is very exciting and I’m truly honored to be entrusted with this great opportunity. I have been working toward this goal for a long time and I’m looking forward to advancing the Department’s rescue services.” Fire Chief Gary Ballard said, “Reynolds is our obvious choice for this position. He has a great passion for Fire Rescue Services and his continued leadership around the Department is evident.”
Reynolds is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration at Polk State College. He holds Associate Degrees in Fire Science Technologies and Emergency Medical Services. He is also certified as a Life Safety Inspector I, Instructor II and Fire Officer I. He is married to his wife Rachel and they have a three-year-old daughter. He is 38 years-old and he volunteers at Jerry’s Kid Camp for children with muscular dystrophy.