Douglas E. Riley was appointed Fire Chief of the Lakeland Fire Department in December 2017. As Fire Chief, Douglas oversees the fire department and provides counsel to the City of Lakeland’s leadership team in matters of public safety and fire protection.
Douglas Riley was hired as a firefighter with the City of Lakeland on March 9, 1987. Throughout his career he has held the following positions; Driver/Engineer (March 1992), Fire Lieutenant (January 1995), Battalion Chief (June 2004) and most recently Assistant Chief of Operations, which he has served as since January 2010, prior to his promotion to Fire Chief.
Douglas graduated from Lakeland Senior High School in 1984. He earned Associates degrees from Polk Community College in both Fire Science and Nursing. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Business in 2012. In addition to his degrees, Douglas holds certifications as a: Registered Nurse, Paramedic, Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor, and Fire Inspector.
He is a graduate of the Florida State University’s prestigious Certified Public Manager program and the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association’s Emergency Services Leadership Institute. He is also certified as a Florida Public Employer Labor Relations professional and was most recently recognized for his selection to participate in the International Association of Fire Chiefs Leadership cohort of 20 leaders across the fire service, selected out of hundreds of applicants nationwide. Douglas is a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association as well as the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He currently serves as the Statewide Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Coordinator for Polk County, Florida.