Orlando Fire Department Chief Announcement

Last updated on September 25, 2019

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 26 at 11 a.m., Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will announce the appointment of Benjamin M. Barksdale, Jr. as the City of Orlando’s next Fire Chief effective November 15, 2019.  

As the current Fire Chief of Prince George’s County, Maryland, the largest combination municipal fire and EMS department in the U.S., he has the pleasure of leading more than 2,500, including 1,000 sworn firefighters and 1,000 volunteer firefighters and civilian personnel throughout 45 fire stations that respond to a population of 900,000. He began his firefighting career in 1987 with the Arlington County Fire Department in Virginia where he rose to the rank of Assistant Chief. Chief Barksdale was also on one of the initial responders at the Pentagon in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001.    

Under Chief Barksdale’s tenure, his agency had a strong commitment to ensuring firefighters have access to mental health programs and treatment. Additionally, he comes from a diverse department where women and minorities hold prominent roles. 


  • Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer 
  • City Commissioners 
  • Members of the Orlando Fire Department

Thursday, September 26, 2019 
11 a.m. 


Orlando Fire Station 1 
78 West Central Boulevard 




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