Escambia County Fire Rescue is excited to announce Battalion Chief Adam Harrison has been named interim Fire Chief, effective Aug. 12, 2023.
Chief Harrison began his tenure with ECFR in 1993 as a volunteer firefighter on Pensacola Beach. He became a certified firefighter in 1996, eventually advancing to a full-time role with ECFR in 2001. After a series of promotions, including becoming a lieutenant in 2004 and a battalion chief of logistics in 2014, Chief Harrison was promoted to battalion chief on “B Watch” over the northern half of Escambia County in 2017.
Throughout his career with Escambia County, Chief Harrison has served during numerous disasters, both natural and man-made. He served during local hurricane disasters for Hurricanes Opal, Ivan, Dennis and Sally. Additionally, he served deployments during the aftermath of Hurricanes Charley, Katrina, Michael, and Ian, and provided on-scene assistance following the NAS Pensacola terrorist attack on Dec. 6, 2019.
Chief Harrison has served on numerous teams with ECFR, including as the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force leader during deployments and as the Fireground Survival and Rapid Intervention Team instructor. He also has served as an instructor for USAR and live fire training.
“It is a privilege to promote Adam Harrison to the interim fire chief role for Escambia County Fire Rescue,” said County Administrator Wes Moreno. “Chief Harrison has spent several years with ECFR and has displayed a tremendous work ethic and leadership capabilities. I’m excited to see Chief Harrison succeed as he leads the largest fire department in the panhandle.”
“I’m very excited to name Chief Adam Harrison as the interim fire chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue,” said Public Safety Director Eric Gilmore. “He is a natural leader who has served the citizens of Escambia County dutifully, and I’m confident in his abilities to lead this department.”
Chief Harrison’s duties as interim fire chief will include supervising fire rescue staff, providing oversight and directing the implementation of internal operations, managing expenditures to the approved annual budget, developing goals and objectives, and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
“I’m honored to be selected as the interim fire chief for Escambia County,” said Chief Harrison. “I’m excited for this new opportunity to lead our department and continue the growth of Escambia County Fire Rescue.”
Escambia County Fire Rescue proudly operates as a combination fire service, utilizing the talents and diversities of volunteer and career firefighting personnel. Career personnel operate in 15 stations throughout the county. 13 stations work a 48/96-hour shift, and two stations work Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteer firefighters operate out of numerous stations throughout Escambia County. Escambia County Fire Rescue also provides other emergency services such as hazardous materials response, special operations and ALS non-transport. Learn more about how to join Escambia County Fire Rescue. Follow Escambia County Fire Rescue on Facebook.