SARASOTA COUNTY – William Burns has accepted a conditional offer to become the new assistant chief of operations, the Sarasota County Fire Department announced Monday.
Burns has spent 25 years working in the emergency services field, including most recently as assistant chief of operations and assistant chief of strategic programs in Brevard County.
He holds degrees in fire science and public administration and has earned professional recognition as a chief fire officer (CFO) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and as a member with the Institution of Fire Engineers. Burns has extensive experience in comprehensive, all-risk fire and emergency services delivery, strategic and operational planning, organization change and development, budget management and intergovernmental collaboration.
“We are excited to have a professional with such an extensive background in public service taking on this role,” said Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier. “We are confident Bill will be an asset to our organization and to the people we serve.”
Burns is scheduled to start May 2.
Sarasota County is in the midst of replacing four of its fire stations. Station No. 16, 5875 Hummingbird Ave., and station No. 17, 5501 DeSoto Road, both opened in recent months in order to better serve growth in the eastern portion of the county. Grand openings are scheduled to be held in the coming months for station No. 12, 3110 Bee Ridge Road, and station No. 14, 8821 S. Tamiami Trail.
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