A Marion County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief is calling it a career after over three decades of service.
On Wednesday, September 27, MCFR held a retirement ceremony in honor of Battalion Chief Joseph Amigliore.
“Chief Amigliore is hanging up his bunker gear and replacing it with scuba gear as he sets off on his new adventure,” stated MCFR on its Facebook page.
Marion County Fire Chief James Banta lauded Amigliore for the numerous changes and advancements that he made to the department during his 30-plus years of service.
Amigliore’s career highlights include serving as Incident Commander for Marion County’s only Biological Terrorism Incident, developing and starting MCFR’s first ATV unit, and being published in both Firehouse and Fire Engineering Magazines.
In addition, Amigliore has been a resident expert for the MCFR Special Operations Hazardous Materials team. He also trained and mentored generations of firefighters and HAZMAT technicians over the course of his career.
MCFR’s shift change at 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 28 officially kicked off Amigliore’s next chapter as he heads into retirement.
In a social media post on Thursday morning, MCFR shared the department’s final “tone out” message, which thanked Amigliore for his many years of service:
“It is with great honor and appreciation that we announce the retirement of Battalion Chief Joseph Amigliore, Marion County Fire Rescue. After 30 years of honorable, faithful, and dedicated service to fire and EMS agencies in the state of Florida, the officers, firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs of Marion County Fire Rescue thank you.
“Your legacy will live on in the generations of officers, firefighters, and support staff that have served under your leadership and benefited from your mentorship.”