Gainesville Fire Rescue Chief Announced


Gainesville City Manager Russ Blackburn is pleased to announce that after a rigorous search process, Interim Fire Chief Jeffrey J. Lane has been chosen to lead the Gainesville Fire Rescue Department, as its next Fire Chief. Chief Lane’s appointment to the position of Fire Chief is effective Monday, March 30, 2015.

“Chief Lane has accomplished much as interim Fire Chief during the past four months and has aptly demonstrated his considerable talents,” said City Manager Russ Blackburn, “His performance speaks to the exceptional past leadership the department has enjoyed. I expect that Chief Lane will set new standards for the tradition of excellence the department has achieved.”

Chief Lane has extensive experience in emergency services, becoming a certified firefighter in 1988 and joining Gainesville Fire Rescue in 1990. He is a certified Paramedic and Hazardous Materials Technician. Chief Lane has served at all levels of the organization, including Driver-Operator, Fire Lieutenant, District Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, and for the last four months, Interim Fire Chief.

He holds Associate Degrees from Santa Fe College and a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services from the University of Florida. Chief Lane credits his family as his most significant accomplishment, including his wife Leslie, three children, and two grandchildren.