Harley James Wilson III has been with the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) since July 2001, when he joined the department as a Firefighter. During his long career with the department, Bat.Chief Wilson has served in several different capacities, including Lieutenant, prior to his promotion to Battalion Chief. His love of firefighting runs deep and it is something he has done his entire adult life. Battalion Chief Wilson is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served as a shipboard firefighter for over four years. He also served as an Auxiliary Firefighter with the Plant City Fire Department prior to starting his career at the Lakeland Fire Department.
Bat. Chief Wilson is a Plant City native and he graduated from Plant City High School. He came to Lakeland after his time in the Navy to be near family. Bat. Chief Wilson is a graduate of Hillsborough Community College, from which he holds an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and completed Fire Standards and EMT school at. Harley is also involved at the department as an instructor for new firefighters. He is certified in Fire Officer I and II, Instructor I and II, and Fire Inspections.