Fire Chief Dr. Hezedean Smith, originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, is a US Air Force veteran, where he served as an Emergency Medical Service Specialist from 1988 to 1992. His fire service career started in 1992 in Central Florida. He served from 1996 to 2020 in the Orlando Fire Department and retired as a Chief Officer. Chief Smith joined the Charlottesville Fire Department family in 2020 after retiring from Orlando (FL). Dr. Smith holds a Doctor of Management degree from the University of Phoenix, a Master's Degree in Organizational Management, and degrees in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services. His credentials include Chief Fire Officer, Chief EMS Officer, Certified Public Manager, Executive Fire & EMS Officer, a Fellow in the American College of Paramedic Executives, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, Certified Occupational Safety Specialist, and a Nationally Registered Paramedic.