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New fire chief appointed

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Paul Nevels takes charge

Marion County Fire Rescue operates under new leadership with the appointment of Paul Nevels as Fire Chief of Marion County Fire Rescue on Sept. 1. Nevels replaces Stuart McElhaney, who retired at the end of July.
Nevels joined the department in December 1988 as a single-certified firefighter. He graduated as an Emergency Medical Technician in the spring of 1989. In the years prior to his selection as Fire Chief, he served as Battalion Chief, Building Department Director, Division Chief/Fire Marshal, and Deputy Chief. As Fire Chief, he oversees a staff of more than 500 members. Nevels brings more than 26 years of fire service experience to his new role.
“I look forward to working with Fire Rescue senior leaders, crews and staff to lead Marion County Fire Rescue into the future,” Nevels said. “We will continue to provide the citizens and visitors of Marion County the highest quality fire and emergency medical services possible.”
Marion County Fire Rescue is a professional fire rescue department composed of 31 stations and 517 employees. The department’s full-time, state-certified firefighter/paramedics, firefighter/EMTs, EMTs and paramedics respond to an average of 210 emergency calls a day. These emergencies include structure, brush and vehicle fires; medical emergencies; vehicle accidents requiring extrication; hazardous materials incidents; natural disasters and many others. Visit http://www.marioncountyfl.org/departments-agencies/departments-a-n/fire-... or call 352-291-8000 for more information.