Pasco County Fire Rescue’s First-Ever Designated “Fire Officer”

Kyle Paton became the very first certified firefighter in the history of the fire department and one of 664 in the world.

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Pasco County Fire Rescue now has a fire officer after training captain Kyle Paton completed the process that awards the professional title.

Paton became the very first certified firefighter in the history of the fire department and one of 664 in the world.

The program that Paton followed is a voluntary program designed to “recognize individuals who demonstrate excellence in seven measured components, including experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, membership in a association, community involvement and technical competence,” the fire department said in a statement. Release.

All applicants must also identify a future professional development plan.

“Captain Paton committing the time, training and community service to become this agency’s first-ever certified fire officer highlights what drives this agency forward,” Fire Chief Scott Cassin said in a statement. “His commitment to earning a designation like this highlights his dedication to this department and the community he loves to serve.”

Paton works in the fire department’s training division and “values ​​lead by example”.

“It’s a way for me to show that you have to put your money where your mouth is,” Paton said in a statement. “You have to lead from the front and by example. We have to teach the next generation what you can achieve with hard work.”