Zephyrhills names new fire chief

The Zephyrhills City Council appointed a new fire chief during a special meeting on Aug. 16. It was the fourth new fire chief within four years. Brian Swartout has more than 32 years of fire service experience, and most recently served as Division Fire Chief for the Seminole Tribe Fire/Rescue in Broward County. As division fire chief with the Seminole Tribe, Swartout supervised a staff of … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills fire department remains status quo

The Zephyrhills City Council has decided to continue operating the city’s fire department on its own and not to merge with Pasco County Fire Rescue. Council members agreed unanimously to keep the status quo, ensuring the department will remain intact and continue to utilize its two fire stations. The council’s unanimous support for the department drew a standing ovation for its action, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills poised to name Spillman permanent fire chief

Four months after being named the interim fire chief, the Zephyrhills City Council is set on Monday to make Daniel Spillman's job at the head of the city's fire rescue department permanent. Spillman took over the department in June when Verne Riggall — under fire for how he had run the agency over a two-year period — resigned before city council members could vote on whether to terminate … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills council takes aim at fire chief

Update: Published reports state that Verne Riggall resigned as the Zephyrhills fire chief on Friday, leaving the city council with the job of appointing an interim chief Monday night. Zephyrhills Fire Chief Verne Riggall followed his former city manager, Jim Drumm, from High Springs. But he might soon be following him out as well. Steve Spina, who replaced Drumm on an interim basis as … [Read more...]