History of the Department
The department was first established as a paid fire department in the 1930’s with five personnel directed by Fire Chief A.H. Harrington. After many years as a paid department, the fire department started to take volunteers to help bolster the personnel needs. The department moved to an all volunteer status in the early 1950’s directed by Fire Chief James C. Horton. In the early 1970’s, the Town of Orange Park decided the department would be manned by a paid staff. The department was directed by Fire Chief Bailey M. Theus. Today the department continues to operate with a staff of twenty professional firefighter EMTs and paramedics. The department provides fire protection and education, Hazardous Materials response, Advance Life Support services and medical transport for medical emergencies.
Mission Statement To provide safety, security, and effective services for residents, in a viable and sustainable community that preserves and improves our town’s heritage for present and future generations.
Vision Statement The Town of Orange Park will strive to promote an engaged and sustainable small town community in which our residents can live, work, and raise a family by providing environmentally safe services, varied sources of recreation, a well-balanced economic atmosphere, efficient public facilities, and reasonable taxes through effective and responsive leadership. Core Values Integrity, accountability, transparency, ethics, and economic stewardship
Fire Chief-Al Barker
Alvin Barker is a 32-year veteran of the Fire Department. He started out his career in the fire service in 1984 as a volunteer with Clay County Fire Rescue. During his tenure there, he worked his way through the ranks to the position of Battalion Chief, retiring in 2014. Alvin Barker is a two time recipient of the Fire Fighter of the Year Award with Clay County Fire Rescue. In November 2014, Alvin became a member of the Orange Park Fire Department as a Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal. In April 2016 Alvin was promoted to rank Fire Chief. His responsibilities include the administrative and managerial position with the Fire Department. This position is required to perform complex administrative and supervisory work in the coordination of emergency and non-emergency activities of the fire department, and its personnel. The position requires a broad knowledge of fire administration and modern firefighting and fire prevention methods and techniques. Chief Barker is a State Certified Paramedic, State Certified Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor I, Fire Inspector I, and also Live Fire Instructor. Alvin Barker holds Master in Business while continuing attending college to attain is doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.
Deputy Chief / Fire Marshal – Danny Legge
Danny Legge is a 27-year veteran of the Fire Department. He started out his career in the fire service on June 28th 1989 as a 911 dispatcher with Clay County Fire Rescue. During his tenure there, he worked his way through the ranks to the position of Lieutenant, a rank which he held for 23 years. In 2006, his desire to serve his fellow firefighters was the catalyst for creating the Chaplaincy program within the department and he held that role until his retirement in 2016. Danny also received the 2014 Fire Fighter of the Year award with Clay County Fire Rescue. On August 8th, 2016 Danny became a member of the Orange Park Fire Department and currently holds the rank of Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal. His responsibilities include supervising firefighters, coordinating department training, maintenance repair of all apparatus and equipment, plans review and life safety fire inspections. Deputy Chief Legge is a State Certified Paramedic, State Certified Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor I, Fire Inspector I, and trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and Pastoral Crisis Intervention. Danny and his wife Lara have been married for 22 years and are the proud parents of three young men, Jordan, Dylan and D.J. They also became new grandparents in June 2016.
Lieutenant – Mike Wallis
Lieutenant Mike Wallis has been a firefighter with the town since 2002. Lieutenant Wallis holds an Associate’s degree from Vincennes University and is a state certified Paramedic. Lieutenant Wallis is an EMS Instructor that currently teaches Paramedic, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, AMLS. He was raised in Jacksonville and has lived in Clay County for the last nine years. Lt Wallis has been married for fourteen years and has two children that he lives for.
Lieutenant – Michael Mathis
Lieutenant Michael Mathis has been employed with the Town of Orange Park since 2003. He holds an Associate’s degree from Vincennes University. He is a state certified Firefighter/Paramedic and has achieved certifications in CPR, ACLS, PALS and PHTLS. Lieutenant Mathis has been designated as a Critical Care Paramedic from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Lieutenant Mathis was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He now spends his time with his wife Misty, and their three daughters in Yulee, Florida. Lieutenant Mathis enjoys attending church, fishing and lazy days around the pool with his family.
Lieutenant – Brian Owen
Lieutenant Owen has been employed with the Town since 2001. He has served as a shift commander since 2002. Lieutenant Owen holds an Associates Degree from Vincennes University. Lieutenant Owen is also a state certified firefighter/paramedic and has numerous certifications in CPR, Advance Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Life Support and also has the designation as a Critical Care Paramedic from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Lieutenant Owen received his Fire Officer 1 certification through the Florida State Fire College. Lieutenant Owen served his country in the United States Navy, and moved to Jacksonville from Michigan after being stationed at Mayport Naval Station. Lieutenant Owen spends his time away from the fire department teaching at the Florida Medical Training Institute and spending quality time raising his two sons.