Michael Williams began his career at the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) in 1998, as a firefighter; having served with Polk County Fire Rescue prior to joining the department. Before his promotion to Assistant Chief, Williams served as Battalion Chief since January of 2010. Prior to his work as a Battalion Chief, Michael worked as a Lieutenant. Assistant Chief Williams holds several certifications including State Fire Officer, Fire Instructor III, Fire Safety Inspector, Pump Operator, Florida Urban Search and Rescue Operations, and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting among many others. He is also a certified paramedic.
Assistant Chief Williams is a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Florida Firefighter Safety and Health Collaborative. He is also a member of the State of Florida Region 4/6 Incident Management Team, having most recently deployed in response to Hurricane Irma.
Assistant Chief Williams earned his associates degree in Emergency Medical Services from Polk State College and a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety from Polk State College. Williams is a graduate of Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager program. He recently graduated from the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association (FFCA) Emergency Services Leadership Institute (ESLI) and was selected to participate in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. Michael is also currently enrolled at Waldorf University, pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Public Safety with a focus in Fire Administration.