LEESBURG — Lake County Fire Rescue today promoted Rob Fickett from lieutenant to battalion chief during a pinning ceremony at Station 70 in Leesburg.
“It is an honor to promote folks from within the organization who have shown their dedication to the fire service,” said Lake County Fire Chief Jim Dickerson. “Rob Fickett is a very important member of our team. His decade of experience has been filled with education, advancements, special assignments and a commitment to the citizens of Lake County.”
As one of six frontline battalion chiefs, Bat. Chief Fickett will be responsible for managing 12 fire stations, covering 600 square miles of territory and supervising around 25 employees.
Anative of Eustis, Bat. Chief Fickett began his career with Lake County Fire Rescue in 2006 and has a long family history in the fire service. His younger brother, Ryan, is also a Lake County firefighter.
“I started riding along with my father-in-law at the Orlando Fire Department in 2003 and decided after riding eight shifts with him that I wanted to be a firefighter,” said Bat. Chief Fickett. “My uncle retired from Orlando and is an assistant chief in Mount Dora and my grandfather retired from the Leesburg Fire Department in 1984.”
Bat. Chief Fickett graduated from Seminole State College with an associate degree and is certified as a State Hazmat Technician, State Technical Rescue Specialist, State Fire Officer I and State Fire Instructor I. He attended the National Fire Academy for Unified Command for All Hazard Incidents and Texas A&M University for Structural Collapse Specialist class. He is also an instructor at Lake Tech Fire Academy for Special Operations and a member of Florida Taskforce 4 as a Heavy Equipment and Rigging Specialist. He’s currently enrolled in Florida's Emergency Management Leadership Institute program.
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 more information about Lake County Fire Rescue, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/firerescue, www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue and www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO.