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Fire Chief - Salvatore “Sal” D’Angelo Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Salvatore A. D’Angelo III
Fire Chief
Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District

With an infectious smile and a“can do attitude,” Salvatore “Sal” D’Angelo, has become Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District’s (PSFRD) eighth fire chief since its inception in 1951.

Chief D’Angelo, originally from Queens, NY, moved to Florida when he was eleven years old settling in the Miami area with his family and graduating from South Dade High School in Homestead where he was to meet his future wife, Shawna.  Although he and his wife graduated from Florida International University (he with a BA in business and she with a BA in Education), D’Angelo enrolled and graduated from the fire academy at the encouragement of his late father-in-law, Lt. Dewey Henry of the Miami-Dade Fire Department, who he credits with knowing it would be a good fit.

In 1994,D’Angelo took a job in Franklin, Tennessee, so his wife could pursue her career in country music. Shawnahas been singing since she was eight years old. They would have stayed were it not for a situation which brought them back to Florida. In 1997, while working as Cape Coral fire fighter, he began working on a master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University.  Since during this time, he completed several special analysis projects for the city of Cape Coral, he was led from the fire service for 18 months to work in city administration in the Finance& Human Resources division.  Finally in 2003, D’Angelo moved to the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District starting as a fire inspector and rising to the rank of Deputy Chief of Operations.This entailed responsibility for fire suppression activities for three shifts of personnel and management of all fleet vehicles.

After several years as Deputy Chief, he “knew he was ready to be a fire chief” and began the search for a department that would be a good fit for him and his family.  During his interview with theBoard ofFire Commissioners of the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue, he was asked the question “what is missing from your resume” to which he answered simply, “Fire Chief!”

Chief D’Angelo and his wife Shawna, who is a kindergarten teacher, have two daughters ages 9 and 5.They have purchased a home and will be moving into the district in the near future.  The Chief is currently working on a doctoral degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

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