Fire Chief Robert J. Staples
Fire Chief Robert J. Staples started his emergency medical services career in 1976 and fire service career in 1991. Bob holds an Associate's degree in Emergency Medical Services, a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and a Master's degree in Management and Administration of Educational Programs. Originally working for the Deltona Fire District from 1991 - 1997 he served as the department's Emergency Medical Services Coordinator from 1992 - 1995. During that time he received the Christopher Columbus Community Service Award (1993). Prior to returning to the City in 2003, he served as the Program Manager for EMS Programs at Daytona State College. Chief Staples was part of the 2005 International Trauma Life Support Advanced Life Support championship team and was awarded "EMS Paramedic of the Year" by the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association in 2006. Prior to his promotion to Fire Chief, Chief Staples served as the department’s EMS Chief and Deputy Chief of Operations.
Chief Staples' responsibilities include overall supervision and management of the fire department: strategic planning, budget preparation, program coordination and emergency management.
Deputy Chief Robert L. Rogers
Deputy Chief Rogers began his fire service career 1975 with the Killarney Fire District. After working for 12 years with the Orange County Fire Rescue Division, he came to Deltona as the Assistant Chief in 1987. After 7 years in that position, Robert became Fire Chief in 1994 and held that position until 2001. He is a state-certified Firefighter, EMT and Fire Officer. He holds a degree in Fire Service Technology and has attended the National Fire Academy and the Emergency Management Institute in Emmetsburg, Maryland and is a graduate of the prestigious four year Executive Fire Officer program. Robert’s current duties include Emergency Management coordination for the City and special projects.
Deputy Chief Russell Rafferty
Chief Rafferty started his career at Port Orange Fire Rescue in September 1982 as a reserve Firefighter. He continued in this position for 5 years rising to the rank of Reserve Lieutenant and responsible for the entire program. In August 1987 he was hired full time with Port Orange as Fire Fighter/EMT. He attended Paramedic school in 1988 and continued in this position until 1991 when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and placed in charge of Public Relations, Education and Information. He was responsible to teach the community about fire safety, healthcare and provide the public with information during emergency events. In 1996 he was promoted to the rank of Commander and placed in charge of all EMS Operations for the Department. In 1999 he was again promoted to Division Chief and continued his EMS efforts. During his direction the Port Orange Fire Department was named the 2007 EMS Provider of the Year for the State of Florida. The Florida Fire Chief’s Association also named him the State of Florida 2008 Paramedic of the Year and the Volusia League of Cities named him the County Employee of the Year in 2010. He was team Captain of the 2005 International Trauma Life Support Advanced Life Support championship team. Chief Rafferty holds an Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services from Daytona Beach Community College, a Bachelors of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern University and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer Program. Chief Rafferty retired from Port Orange Fire Rescue in April of 2011 with 29 plus years of service. Prior to coming to Deltona Fire Rescue, Chief Rafferty held the Program Manager’s position with Brevard Community College, training the EMT’s and Paramedics.As the Deputy Chief of Operations/EMS he is responsible for all daily fire and EMS operations along with department policies and guidelines and compliance with all National, State and Local requirments.
Assistant Chief Dean Debose
Assistant Chief Dean Debose started in the fire service as a Firefighter in 1997 and quickly earned the rank of Engineer/Paramedic before earning his latest promotion to Assistant Chief of Training. He has earned a degree in Emergency Medical Services from Seminole Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management. Dean has played an integral part with both the department’s Special Operations Unit and the Honor Guard. Dean is a member of the Florida Fire Chief’s Association; a Florida State Certified Instructor III and an Arson Investigator.
Dean has the responsibility of Fire Training and Safety of all Department personnel.
Dean’s responsibilities include coordination of all fire-related training including fire suppression, automobile extrication, special operations and development of new personnel. He also ensures the department’s compliance of required training in each of the above areas as mandated by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO). He is also tasked with ensuring the safety of our personnel through the employment of training techniques, proper safety equipment and compliance with regulatory agencies.
Division Chief Frank “Bill” Snyder
Division Chief Frank “Bill” Snyder started in the fire services as a Firefighter in 1986. He is a state-certified Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Officer, Inspector, and Instructor. Bill holds an Associate of Science degree in Emergency Medical Services, a Bachelors degree in Organizational management and is a graduate of the prestigious Executive Fire Officer program through the National Fire Academy. He has also served as a volunteer with the Orange City Fire Department and worked as the Orange City Fire Chief for four years. Bill has been involved in Little League both in Deltona and Orange City.
His daily duties as Shift Commander of “A” Shift include the supervision of 4 stations and 22 personnel and he is responsible for the coordination of our Special Operations team.
Division Chief Chris Sievert
Division Chief Chris Sievert started his fire service career in Volusia County. He was hired as a Deltona firefighter in 1989. He is a state-certified Firefighter, Paramedic, and Fire Officer. He holds certifications as an ACLS/BLS instructor and is certified in rope rescue and rescue diving. Chris served as a volunteer and career firefighter with the Orange City Fire Department and was the Fire Chief for 12 years.
Chris has an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organization Management from Warner University. Chris is a professor at Daytona State College and Seminole State College through The Center for Public Safety. Chris teaches Firefighter Minimum Standards, EMT and Paramedic. Chris is also an instructor in Urban Search and Rescue and specialty areas such as automobile extrication and special operations.
His daily duties as Shift Commander for “B” Shift include the supervision of 4 stations and 22 personnel and coordination of the department’s Honor Guard.