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The Lakeland Fire Department’s (LFD) Fire Safety Management division recently underwent some changes when it announced the retirement of Fire Marshal, Alfred “Frank” Bass after 29 years of service. Fire Marshal Bass joined the department in 1987 as a firefighter and went on to become a Fire Inspector and Investigator in 1994 before promoting to Fire Marshal in 2007. The position of Fire Marshal is an important one at LFD, as it is an integral part of the department’s Fire Administration and Leadership Team.

A ceremony was held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at Fire Station 1 to wish Fire Marshal Bass well on his retirement and to thank him for his many years of service to the people of Lakeland.

The department also recently appointed a new Fire Marshal, Cheryl Edwards. Her promotion was marked by a ceremony held on March 14 at Fire Station 1.

This was an exciting and historic announcement for the Lakeland Fire Department, as Cheryl Edwards will be the department’s first female Fire Marshal and member of the Leadership Team in its 100 year history as a career fire department. Cheryl joined the department in 1994 as the Public Education and Information Officer. She has since then served as Fire Inspector and Investigator, which she promoted to in 2008, and has served in the position until her most recent promotion to Fire Marshal.


On June 30, 2014 the Lakeland Fire Department bid a fond retirement-farewell to a 27 year veteran of the force, Anthony Parrish. Tony, as he is known to everyone at LFD, began his career in 1987 as a firefighter and served in that capacity through 2006, when he went on to serve as a Fire Inspector until his retirement Monday, June 30. A valued member of the fire safety management division, Tony performed fire safety inspections, fire investigations, and reviewed building plans in the northern Lakeland zone he served.

He was joined by well-wishers made up of family, friends, and colleagues at his retirement ceremony held at Fire Station 1. He is looking forward to enjoying his retirement and says he plans on spending time enjoying his hobbies which include fishing, scalloping, swimming, boating, and even a little bit of yard work.

Congratulations Tony Parrish and thank you for your many years of dedicated service to the people of Lakeland.

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Shannon Turbeville was promoted to Fire Inspector in a well-attended ceremony. Well-wishers included Mayor Gow Fields and both the deputy and assistant city managers. Speakers shared fun stories about Inspector Turbeville’s time with LFD and remarked on the great job they believe he will do due to his eye for detail and organizational skills. 

Shannon Turbeville joined the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) on October 4, 1999 as a firefighter and was promoted to Driver Engineer in 2006 prior to his promotion to Fire Inspector and Investigator. Inspector Turbeville has consistently sought out opportunities for professional development having received several certifications including Fire Officer I, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Instructor, Public Information Officer, and Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting. He has also successfully completed the Lakeland Fire Department Fire Officer Leadership Development Program.   

Shannon is a Lakeland native, born and raised, having attended and graduated from Lakeland Christian High School prior to seeking a career in the fire service. Shannon received fire standards and completed his Associate of Science degree in Fire Science from Hillsborough Community College in 1998 and completed EMT training in 1999.   Shannon, who happily lives and serves in the community he calls, has been married to his wife Melissa for 14 years and has three growing boys, Nathan, Matthew, and Kenneth. Shannon enjoys boating and hunting during his free time. 

Congratulations Inspector Turbeville!