(Fort Myers, Fla. – July 25, 2017)— John Caufield was sworn in as the Chief of the Fort Myers Fire Department on Monday, July 17. Chief Caufield was selected after a nationwide search that produced more than 70 applicants for the position.
Caufield has worked in fire service roles for 27 years, including five years as Fire Chief with the City of Rochester, N.Y. As Chief, he developed the department’s first strategic plan, retooled the department’s EMS program, and established a program that resulted in improved diversity in the fire department’s staff.
More recently, Caufield served five years as Mid-Atlantic Director of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a global nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. At the NFPA, Caufield promoted the adoption of codes and standards by state and local authorities.
Caufield holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Fire Science and Organizational Management. He received a Master of Public Administration degree from the State University of New York, College at Brockport, and is pursuing Doctoral Studies in Public Administration through Walden University. He is also a Fellow of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University.
Caufield is a third-generation firefighter. His brother and son also work in fire service