Chief Joseph Pozzo, M.P.A., CFOD, SHRM-CP, Senior Manager for Fire and EMS

Senior Manager for Fire and EMS
Director of Public Protection for Volusia County, Florida

Former Assistant Director of Human Resources, Volusia County, Florida
Former Deputy Director, Volusia County Department of Public Protection
Former Director and Fire Chief, Volusia County, Florida
Former Fire Chief, Loudon County, Virginia
Former Fire Chief, Portsmouth, Virginia

Joe has a forty (40) year career in public service, and currently serves as the Director of Public Protection for Volusia County, Florida where he provides executive leadership to the Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, Corrections, Animal Control, and Beach Safety divisions. The Public Protection Department is the largest department in Volusia County and includes 900 employees, an EMS Division that responds to 70,000 calls per year and utilizes Florida’s first ever Nurse Triage system in the 911 Center, a County Jail that averages 1350 inmates/day, a Beach Safety Division that protects 47 miles of beach and delivers law enforcement, ocean rescue, and first response EMS protective services, an all-hazards Emergency Management Division that specializes in coastal storm preparation and response, and a Fire Division that responds to 23,00- calls/year with ALS engines and specialization in wild land/urban interface response and mitigation. From March 2015 to September of 2018, Joe served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources for Volusia County, Florida (3,200 employees), where he managed the employee relations, benefits administration, and occupational health services functions and teams, as well as assist the Human Resources director with the management and negotiation of six collective bargaining agreements/units. Joe is also deeply involved in developing and implementing the County’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

Joe has also served as the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Protection Volusia County, Florida, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, Medical Examiner, Beach Safety, Corrections, and Animal Services. He was formerly Fire Chief of Volusia County Fire Services, where he developed and implemented a service model designed to introduce EMS transport into the agency, incorporate fleet efficiencies, and enhance the wild land/urban interface efforts.

Prior to Chief Pozzo’s appointment in Volusia County in 2010, he served as the Chief of the Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue. This agency is a combination fire and rescue system providing fire, rescue, and emergency management services in one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. The fire and rescue system during Chief Pozzo’s tenure provided these services to over 275,000 permanent residents living in 520 square miles of diverse suburban and rural area located within the National Capital Region. Services were executed through 450+ career staff and over 1400 volunteer members operating out of nineteen stations.

Prior to his appointment with Loudoun County, Chief Pozzo served as Chief of the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services Department. This agency is one of the oldest professional departments on the eastern seaboard and served over 95,000 residents during Chief Pozzo’s tenure. Chief Pozzo also served in the City of Virginia Beach, Va. Fire Department for 19 years reaching the level of Battalion Chief prior to embarking on his career as a Fire Chief/Director.

Joe holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University where he graduated with honors, a B.A. in Public Administration from Saint Leo University and several associate degrees including an AAS in Fire Science and Protective Services and numerous public safety technical certifications. He holds the Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and is a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).