Jamaican born Lieutenant/Paramedic Hezedean A. Smith, currently serving the Orlando Fire Department was promoted to District Chief on January 21, 2010 at Fire Station #1 in Orlando, FL. District Chief Smith is an active contributor to the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs and recently participated in the annual CAFC Conference that was held in Jamaica.
With over 22 years of combined Fire and EMS experience, District Chief Smith will be responsible for supervising the EMS activities for the over 500+ member career fire department. He is assigned to the Orlando Fire Department, EMS Division. Chief Smith holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, Associate degrees in EMS and Fire Science Technology and is also an OSHA Certified Occupation Safety Specialist. He is currently enrolled at the University of Florida to pursue his certification as an Executive Fire and Emergency Services Officer.
Chief Smith serves in various capacities within the Central Florida Community to include Professor of EMS at Valencia Community College, Community Volunteer, Training Center Faculty at Orlando Health and as a mentor to young men and women.