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Battalions I and II


The Lakeland Fire Department has six Battalion Chiefs. The six are divided among the two battalions within the department. Two Battalion Chiefs serve during each shift, overseeing their respective battalions and serving as Incident Commanders on major incidents.

 

Battalion Chief John Maddox

Battalion Chief John Maddox

Battalion Chief John Maddox, Battalion 1, A-Shift 

John Maddox has served as Battalion Chief since 2010. Battalion Chief Maddox began his career with the department in 1995 as a firefighter. He served a Lieutenant prior to his promotion to Battalion Chief. He also serves as program coordinator for the department’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) operations. 

John holds many certifications including Fire Officer I, Fire Inspector I, Fire Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, State Pump Operator, and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting prior to his promotion to Battalion Chief. 

John is a member of the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Working Group, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and serves on the NFPA’s Technical Committee for ARFF. He is also a member of the Region 4/6 All Hazards Incident Management Team for the State of Florida.

John has also completed multiple fire science courses at area colleges and is a graduate of Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager program. John is a graduate of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association's (FFCA) Emergency Services Leadership Institute (ESLI).

 

Battalion Chief James Niblack

Battalion Chief James Niblack

Battalion Chief James Niblack, Battalion 1, B-Shift 

Battalion Chief Niblack began his career with the department in February 1987 as a firefighter. Throughout his career he has held the positions of Driver/Engineer (1992-1997), Fire Lieutenant (1997-2010), and most recently Battalion Chief.

James is a graduate of Lakeland Kathleen Senior High School . James attended Delaware State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Business in 1986. James holds certifications in firefighting, as an Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Officer 1, and Fire Inspector. James is also a graduate of Florida State University’s prestigious Certified Public Manager prorgam.  Most recently, James graduated in 2019 from the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association's (FFCA) Emergency Services Leadership Institute (ESLI).  He is a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association.

Originally from Cleveland Ohio, James came to Lakeland at an early age and has been highly involved in his community since. He served as a Deacon at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and has devoted many years coaching and mentoring young student-athletes on the Lakeland PAL Hurricanes’ football team and Lakeland Senior High School football team. 

 

Battalion Chief James Thompson

Battalion Chief James Thompson

Battalion Chief James "Jim" Thompson, Battalion 1, C-Shift 

Jim Thompson has been with the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) since January 1997, when he joined as Firefighter. During his extensive career with the department, he has served in several different capacities, including Lieutenant, prior to his promotion to Battalion Chief in May 2017.  

Battalion Chief Thompson served in the United States Air Force prior to his service with LFD, and served in the USAF Reserves for most of his firefighting career, until his recent retirement from the reserves in December of 2016. He is passionate about his duty to serve and was highly involved as a USAF reservist, having retired after 28 years of military service as a Senior Master Sergeant, Deputy Fire Chief at MacDill Air Force Base.

Jim is involved with specialty teams at the department and participates as well as instructs with the Urban Search and Rescue Team and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Team, respectively. He is a certified instructor in both specialties.  He is certified as a Fire Officer I, II, and III and as Emergency Medical Technician. Jim holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from the Community College of the Air Force.

Jim is active in his community through the Tampa Shriners, where he has been a long been a member and has served as the Past Commander of the Legion of Honor. He is also a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association.

 

Battalion Chief Dan Faviere

Battalion Chief Dan Faviere

Battalion Chief Dan Faviere, Battalion 2, A-Shift

Dan Faviere has been with the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) since November 29, 1993, when he joined the department as a Firefighter, at Fire Station 1 on A-Shift. Prior to becoming Battalion Chief, Dan served as a Driver Engineer and Lieutenant. Battalion Chief Faviere’s career in the fire service started in Cape Coral, Florida where he worked as a volunteer Firefighter.

Dan is native of Ontario, Canada, where he grew up, after transplanting at the age of four from Montevideo, Uruguay, where he was born. He attended Erindale High School in Ontario, and graduated soon after from George Brown College as a certified Welder and Fitter. Dan graduated with fire standards from North Fort Myers Fire Academy and also holds a certificate in Architectural Technology. He enjoyed a career as an Iron Worker for eight years, prior to transitioning to the fire service. 

Dan has an associate's degree in Fire Science and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration and Fire Investigation. In addition to his degree, Dan holds certificates as a Fire Officer I, and II, Instructor I, and Fire Safety Inspector I. He is also certified in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) at the Technician level and serves as an instructor for internal USAR training. Dan is also Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting certified.  

Dan is a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association. 

 

Battalion Chief Steve Lindsey

Battalion Chief Steve Lindsey

Battalion Chief Steve Lindsey, Battalion 2, B-Shift

Steve Lindsey has been with the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) since January of 1997, when he joined the department as a Firefighter. In his twenty years of service, Steve has served as a firefighter, as a Driver Engineer, which he promoted to in March of 2005, and Lieutenant from April 2006 until his promotion to Battalion Chief in August 2017.

Battalion Chief Lindsey is a Lakeland native. He attended and graduated from Lake Gibson High School. He dabbled in other profession outside of the fire service prior to completing fire standards in 1994 at Hillsborough Community College. In addition to his certifications in fire standards and as an EMT, Steve is a certified Paramedic. He has an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services and holds certificates as a Fire Officer I, II, and III, Instructor I, and Fire Safety Inspector I. Steve is also a part-time instructor at the Ridge Fire Academy.

Steve is currently working towards Bachelor of Science degree. He is also a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association. 

 

 

Battalion Chief Harley J. Wilson

Battalion Chief Harley J. Wilson

Battalion Chief Harley J. Wilson, Battalion 2, C-Shift

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, Battalion 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. Harley 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.

Harley 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. Harley 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. He 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.