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St. Johns County Appoints Carl Shank Fire Rescue Chief
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St. Johns County Appoints Carl Shank Fire Rescue Chief

At the December 6th Board of County Commissioners meeting, Interim Fire Rescue Chief Carl A. Shank was officially appointed Chief of the Department.  County Administrator Michael D. Wanchick made the appointment after receiving the unanimous support of the BOCC. 

Chief Carl A. Shank has been involved in the delivery of emergency services in St. Johns County for over 25 years, beginning as a volunteer in the Palm Valley area then transitioning to full time employment in January of 1987.  Progressing through the ranks, Chief Shank was appointed Operations Chief in 2001 and helped plan and build the re-organization of fire rescue services county-wide.  In 2008, Chief Shank was named the Assistant Chief of the Department a rank which he held prior to appointment.

As the Assistant Chief of the Department, Chief Shank was charged with supervising emergency operations, preparation and response county-wide.  He has also been involved in the formulation of operational and medical protocols, policy setting, budget preparation and program development.  Since 2002, he has also been the project manager for federal grants.

In addition to the various certifications held in regards to emergency services delivery, Chief Shank holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Flagler College, graduating Summa Cum Laude and receiving the Hamilton Upchurch Award for Academic Achievement.  He also serves as the assistant regional coordinator for the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association-State Emergency Response Plan, which provides for the systematic mobilization, deployment, organization and management of emergency resources statewide during large scale emergencies.

County Administrator Michael D. Wanchick is pleased to recognize Chief Shank’s commitment to the Department and County.  “St. Johns County is fortunate to have someone with Carl’s experience, leadership and educational background who can seamlessly assume the leadership role within the Fire Rescue Department.  I am confident Shank and our highly professional and experienced Fire Rescue Department staff will continue to provide the high quality emergency services the community has come to expect and value.”

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