TAVARES — Surrounded by family, friends and fellow firefighters, veteran Lake County Fire Lt. Kris Bush was recently tapped as the county’s newest battalion chief.
“I am excited to announce the promotion of Lt. Kris Bush to the rank of battalion chief,” said Lake County Fire Chief Jim Dickerson during a pinning ceremony at the Lake County Emergency Communications and Operations Center. “His tenure with Lake County has been filled with education, advancements, special assignments and commitment to the citizens of Lake County.”
Bush joined Lake County Fire Rescue in 1999 as a firefighter/EMT and was promoted to lieutenant in 2011. He has served for more than a decade with the Special Operations Response Team (SORT), which is comprised of the Light Technical Rescue Team and HAZMAT, and consists of over 30 highly trained members who are deployed when needed to work major disasters both locally and in other jurisdictions.
Bush holds certifications in Fire Service Instructor 1, Light Technical Rescue Team instructor, Hazmat Instructor and Fire Officer 2.
In his new role as Bat. Chief 90 on C-Shift, he will be responsible for the management of 12 fire stations, 600 square miles of territory and supervising over 25 employees.
The career firefighters of Lake County Fire Rescue protect county residents and visitors in an area covering approximately 1,200 square miles, with nearly 70,000 residences and up to 2,000 commercial properties. For more information about Lake County Fire Rescue, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/firerescue, www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue and www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO.