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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Announces Tice Fire & Rescue District’s Fire Chief Ted Ross as Fire Marshal of the Year


For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2017
Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413–2842
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater honored the winners of the 2017 Florida Fire Service Awards during a ceremony hosted Monday evening at the Florida Capitol. Among the winners was Chief Ted Ross of the Tice Fire & Rescue Department, who was named Florida’s Fire Marshal of the Year. The annual award ceremony is hosted to honor those in the fire service community who have shown exceptionalism in their profession.
A commitment to the fire service runs deep in Chief Ross’ family. In 1994, he followed his father’s footsteps and joined the Tice Fire & Rescue District where he would serve his community for the next 20 years, eventually becoming the district’s fire marshal. In 2013, Chief Ross was promoted to district chief, but his excitement for fire safety did not dwindle. He petitioned to retain his duties as fire marshal, and in an unprecedented move, Chief Ross stepped into a hybrid role, serving as both fire chief and fire marshal.
In 2015, he was instrumental in improving the standing and investigative presence of area fire marshals by campaigning for additional equipment, engaging in educational opportunities and creating a functional consolidation of the fire/arson investigational resources in Lee County.
Chief Ross is not only a leader in his district, but he is also a dedicated teacher and mentor. He has worked to spread his expertise and insight as an instructor at the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy and the Ft. Myers Fire Academy.
Chief Ross was nominated for the award by the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).