City Emergency Manager Receives Award


On February 7, 2019, the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) presented Gainesville Fire Rescue District Chief David W. McIntire with the certification of Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM). Chief McIntire serves as the City of Gainesville’s Emergency Manager and is responsible for the coordination of city resources in planning for its response and recovery effort in a natural disaster or other emergency event.

The certification is among the most stringent in the Country with rigorous criteria for education and experience in emergency management. The credentialing process requires demonstrated competence, advanced and diverse knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform effectively within an established comprehensive Emergency Management program.

District Chief McIntire’s commitment and dedication to prepare the City of Gainesville for any disaster or incident is shown by his continuing education in the areas of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation and the endless planning that he and his team conduct. He works diligently with all city departments as well as many external partners including the University of Florida and Alachua County on emergency management issues.  This ensures the benefit of strong working relationships and good communications are maintained.  

The City of Gainesville’s commitment to Emergency Management proved vital in the preparation, response and recovery from Hurricane Michael and Irma, as well as the challenges from the protest event on the University of Florida campus.

It is through his hard work and personal dedication that District Chief McIntire received the highest certification awarded by FEPA and a most positive reflection of the city’s values and concerted effort to keep our community safe and resilient.