Bartow, Fla. (May 7, 2019) — In an early morning meeting with Polk County Manager Jim Freeman and Deputy County Manager Joe Halman, Fire Chief Tony Stravino provided notice of his retirement from the division within 30 days.
Stravino has provided the citizens and visitors of the State of Florida with over 40 years of service, including more than two and a half years of service to Polk County.
He was an integral part of bringing the division to the forefront of the industry with firefighter cancer awareness, safety protocols, active shooter training and the modernization of many of its apparatuses.
Prior to his service to this county, he served as the Fire Chief of Margate, Longwood, Deerfield Beach, as well as served on the Broward County Sheriff’s executive staff in the Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services as Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director.
“We wish him well in his retirement and thank him for his decades of service to the state of Florida and more specifically to Polk County,” said Freeman.
The county manager will soon name an interim fire chief. Further information on this will be distributed as it becomes available.
A new chief will oversee 500 employees and 44 station locations. Polk County Fire Rescue responders are amongst the nation’s busiest, answering over 100,000 calls per year. Ambulance services cover 100 percent of the county’s population, and fire coverage is for more than 60 percent of the county.