Dr. Charles Moreland
Dr. Charles E. Moreland graduated in 2003 with a bachelor of business administration degree in organizational management, and now is the Director/ Fire Chief for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
Moreland was introduced to the world of paramedics at 11, after a group of paramedics responded to help his grandfather. The rest is history. In 2003, after joining the JFRD as a firefighter-paramedic in 1990 and working through the ranks, Moreland became the department's first minority division chief of rescue. Then in 2010, he was appointed Director/Fire Chief by Major John Peyton, becoming the youngest person to command the entire department since 1968.
As the Director/ Fire Chief, Moreland is responsible for 1,300 employees, most of whom are uniformed personnel, and all of Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department resources which are distributed across 54 fire and rescue stations in Duval County. Also, Moreland is a certified reserve officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and member of Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department’s SWAT Medic Team, which provides paramedic support in hostage situations and other high-risk scenarios.
He has received numerous awards for his leadership and commitment to his craft including the Mark Fingeret EMS Administrator of the Year award from the Florida Association of County EMS Providers, and the Marilyn Crook EMS Pioneer award from the State of Florida's Bureau of EMS.
Moreland also holds both a master of public administration degree and doctorate of education degree from Nova Southeastern University.
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