Pompano Beach Fire Rescue has a new chief: John Jurgle, the former assistant chief who was promoted by City Manager Dennis Beach this week.
Jurgle has three decades of firefighting experience and is the department's first graduate from the executive fire officer program in the National Fire Academy in Maryland, agency spokeswoman Sandra King said.
Jurgle has served as a firefighter/paramedic; driver engineer and in department leadership positions. He earned a master of science degree in public administration from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, and a bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership from St. Thomas University in Miami, among other credentials, the city said.
Jurgle will manage a $32 million operating budget and lead 242 employees, many of whom respond to 23,400 fire rescue and emergency medical calls each year, King said.
Small retired last month after 35 years of service, King said.
Small's legacy will include the city's Community Emergency Response Program [CERT] that has graduated over 1,200 civilians who respond and support emergency personnel after natural disasters.
He has also trained FEMA CERT instructors in the U.S. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the city said.
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