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Meet Fort Myers’ first African American fire chief


McMillion said he couldn’t be happier to be the new chief.

Friday, January 24th 2020, 5:54 PM EST by Ashley Dyer


Friday, January 24th 2020, 5:57 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Promoted to the role of fire chief back in December, Tracy McMillion is the first African American to hold the title in Fort Myers.

McMillion is ecstatic about the new position. He described it as one of those “pinch-me” moments. For him, it’s been a long-time goal and it’s finally happening.

2020 brings lots of goals and challenges, McMillion said. He wants his team of firefighters to get out into the community more and interact with the people they serve. 

McMillion’s team will be providing CPR training, smoke detector installations, and they’ll be stopping by more community events. 

They also will be working on adding more firefighters to the team and expanding their coverage. A new fire station will be built near Six Mile Cypress wetlands. 

McMillion said he couldn’t be happier to be the new chief.

“I’ve had some great mentors, individuals and education to be able to sew into my life to get me ready for this time. To have the honor to be the first African American fire chief is huge,” exclaimed McMillion.

McMillion said as the first African American fire chief for the city, he hopes to inspire others to chase their dreams and not let race or gender stand in the way.

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