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Lake Alfred - On Monday, February 17, at the City Commission Meeting Wallace Nix was sworn in as the new Fire Chief.
Fire Chief Wallace Nix has been with the City of Lake Alfred 28 years. He began as a volunteer Firefighter and has worked his way up the ranks all the way to Chief of the Department. His wife Linda Nix was present to pin him with the Chief’s badge while Director Bailey administered the Oath of Office.
Meet Fire Chief Wallace Nix:
“It started one day 27 years ago when my son fell and busted his lower lip. I stopped by the Lake Alfred Fire Department to ask a life long friend Firefighter Medic Don Guillette if my Son needed stitches. Firefighter Guillette said to me... why don’t you become a Volunteer Firefighter... it’s a lot of fun. By the way, my Son got 7 stitches,” said Chief Nix. And, just how he mentioned... that's how everything started.
Chief Wallace Nix started his Firefighter career at the age of 31. He joined the City of Lake Alfred Fire Department in 1993 as a volunteer. He started taking fire classes at Ridge Technical Center, Basic Volunteer Firefighting, Emergency Vehicle Operations, and First responder under Chief Cloud.
Chief Nix stated that at his age he had to take classes and promote as soon as possible.
He began with the following, starting in 1993:
* Attended Polk State College for National Registry Of Emergency Medical
Technicians in 1994.
* Attended Lake County Area Vocational Technical Center (Minimum Standards
of Firefighting certificate) 1994.
* Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training
Certificate of Competency.
* Pump Operator in 1999.
* Fire Officer I 2002.
* Fire Inspector I/II 2009.
* Fire Investigator I 2010.
Chief Nix was hired as a part-time Firefighter/EMT at the City of Lake Alfred Fire Department in 1997. Promoted to full-time Captain in 2005 under Chief Pridgen. Promoted to Deputy Chief in 2019 under Chief Costine. Finally, he was promoted to Fire Chief on February 17th, 2020.
Chief Nix was hired full time at The City of Winter Haven Fire Department as Firefighter/EMT in 1997, promoted to driver in 1999, and promoted to Lieutenant in 2001. He retired from Winter Haven Fire Department with 17 years of service.
Chief Nix worked 48 hours on and 24 hours off for almost 10 years working full time at both departments, LAFD and WHFD.
“I started my lifelong dream job at The City of Lake Alfred as a volunteer and secured a retirement at WHFD. My final promotion of Fire Chief at the City of Lake Alfred will complete my journey,” said Chief Nix.
Congratulations on your promotion to Fire Chief Wallace, the City of Lake Alfred thanks you for your service.