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Local fire chief takes on new role


January 9, 2020

Escambia County (Fla.) McDavid Fire Station’s Chief Eric Gilmore, started his new his position as Emergency Manager for Escambia County yesterday, Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Gilmore brings more than 15 years of public safety expe- rience to Escambia County. Most recently, Gilmore served as the regional emergency response advisor at the Florida Department of Health, where he trained and

advised fire, law enforcement, and EMS officials on disaster response protocol, tactical training and the Incident Command System. Gilmore also served as a planner and public health preparedness director for the FDOH from 2004 to 2008.

"I look forward to using my skills and training in serving the citizens of Escambia County," Gilmore said.

Prior to his role with the FDOH and McDavid Fire Station, Gilmore served as an environmental enforcement officer with Escambia County, where he enforced county

codes and regulations while conducting detailed field inspections. Gilmore also worked as a safety engineer for International Paper from 2002 to 2004, where he per- formed safety hazard assess- ments, oversaw safety strate- gy progress and helped sup- port standards and process optimization for 860 workers.

Gilmore obtained a bache- lor's degree in environmental science from the University of West Florida. He is highly skilled in catastrophic emer- gency response training, dis- aster response and emer- gency action planning.


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