Lake County Fire Rescue promoted Rob Fickett from lieutenant to battalion chief during a recent pinning ceremony at Station 70 in Leesburg.
“It is an honor to promote folks from within the organization who have shown their dedication to the fire service,” says Lake County Fire Chief Jim Dickerson.
Fickett began his career with Lake County Fire Rescue in 2006, and the Eustis native’s grandfather retired from Leesburg Fire Department in 1984; his uncle retired from Orlando, and is an assistance chief in Mount Dora; and Fickett’s younger brother, Ryan, is also a Lake County firefighter.
“I started riding along with my father-in-law at the Orlando Fire Department in 2003, and decided after riding eight shifts with him that I wanted to be a firefighter,” Fickett says.
As one of six frontline battalion chiefs, he will be responsible for managing 12 fire stations, covering 600 square miles, and supervising about 25 employees.
He is also an instructor at Lake Tech Fire Academy for special operations and a member of Florida Taskforce 4 as a heavy equipment and rigging specialist. He’s currently enrolled in Florida’s Emergency Management Leadership Institute program.