Douglas E. Riley has served as Assistant Chief of Operations since January 2010. Asst. Chief Riley began his career with the department in 1987 as a firefighter. He served as Driver Engineer, Lieutenant, and Battalion Chief prior to being appointed Assistant Chief.
Asst. Chief Riley is involved with Lakeland City Operations by serving as the fire department’s representative on several city committees. Additionally, Asst. Chief Riley is a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association and a member of the International Fire Chiefs' Association (IAFC).
He earned his Associate’s degree in Fire Science and Nursing from Polk State College, is a graduate of Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager program, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of South Florida. He is a graduate of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association Emergency Services Leadership Institute (ESLI). He is also certified as a paramedic and registered nurse.