Department: Gainesville Fire Rescue Rank: Firefighter, EMT
Assignment: Tower 2 / HAZMAT 2
Years of Service: 18 Years
Teaching Experience: Former Lead Instructor Florida Gateway College Fire Standards Program(10 yrs), Owner/Instructor 3rd Alarm Public Safety Training, FUSAR Specialist LFTI 2 Burn Cadre at the 2021 Orlando Fire Conference North Florida Burner 2021,2022 Caddo La. Cooker 2020,2021,2023 New England fire conference 2022 Sponsor of the Pinewood Texas fools Shawn Duffy lecture Aug,22 Gainesville Fire Rescue, Sergeant E-5 United States Marine Corps. Billy got his start in the fire service as a volunteer at 16yrs old in his small hometown of Trenton, Florida. After serving in the Marine Corps he got back into the fire service in rural Gilchrist County where he achieved the rank of Captain. While with GCFR he began instructing local volunteers and was an integral part in building the Fire Standards Program at Florida Gateway College. Billy has been with Gainesville Fire Rescue since 2014 and is both a HAZMAT Tech and a FLUSAR Specialist and has been on the Region 3 Hazmat team for many years. Billy is passionate about firefighting, vehicle extrication and live fire training and works to pass that knowledge and passion for the job to his students and other firefighters. With 1000’s of live fire training burns behind him he is a State of Florida LFTI 2, Florida Gateway College’s Master Burner/Lead Instructor and has spent countless hours studying fire behavior and vehicle anatomy.
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