Meet and Greet Will Welcome Cocoa Fire Chief Gene Prince

By  //  January 10, 2015

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Chief Prince brings great leadership, experience

The City of Cocoa will host a community meet and greet to welcome new Fire Chief Gene Prince. (Gainsville.com image)

The City of Cocoa will host a community meet and greet to welcome new Fire Chief Gene Prince. (Gainsville.com image)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The City of Cocoa will host a community meet and greet to welcome new Fire Chief Gene Prince. 

The open house style event will take place at the Porcher House, 434 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, with brief introductions and the swearing-in of the Chief at 5 p.m.

Get the chance to meet the new fire chief and welcome him to the great City of Cocoa.

Chief Prince was with Gainesville Fire Rescue for 30 years where he faithfully and honorably served the City of Gainesville and the community, working his way through the ranks from Firefighter to Fire Chief.

Earlier this year Chief Prince received the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer Gainesville Fire Rescue, of which he is one of only 993 CFO’s in the world.  This significant accomplishment helps demonstrate his superior knowledge, skills, abilities and commitment to the highest professional standards.

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Additionally in 2014, under Chief Prince’s leadership, the Gainesville Fire Rescue Department achieved accreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.  GFR is one of less than 200 out of more than 10,000 career fire rescue departments that have achieved accredited status.

Chief Prince brings with him great leadership, vision, experience and a remarkable level of professionalism to the City of Cocoa Fire Department.

Cocoa-Fire-Rescue-180-1“It’s an honor to have been chosen as the Fire Chief for the City of Cocoa,” said Gene Prince.  

“I look forward to serving the citizens of Cocoa alongside the men and women of the Cocoa Fire Department.” 

A selection committee comprised of a Cocoa resident, a representative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Cocoa’s Administrative Services Director, Cocoa’s Assistant City Manager and Cocoa’s City Manager screened more than 45 applicants and conducted interviews of five candidates.

John Titkanich

John Titkanich

City Manager, John Titkanich stated “The City is thrilled to have Chief Prince as the new Fire Chief.  We are confident he will serve the Fire Department and our community with pride and assist the city in reaching its long term goals and objectives.”

For additional information, call 321-433-8685.


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