Pinellas News

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue under new leadership

PALM HARBOR — Fire Chief James Angle’s 17-year guidance of Palm Harbor Fire Rescue came to an end this month.

The longtime leader stepped aside at a Change of Command Ceremony at which his successor as fire chief, Craig Maciuba, was officially sworn in.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Public Information Office wrote in a press release that the ceremony was attended by Palm Harbor Special Fire Control and Rescue District Commission members and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor.

“It is because of his management style, dedication and tenacity that he turned things around and made [Palm Harbor Fire Rescue] one of the finest [departments] in the Tampa Bay area if not the state of Florida,” Liz Monforti, a department spokeswoman, wrote of Angle and his 17 years of service.

Angle is now moving on to be the program director for the St. Petersburg College Fire Training Academy.

Maciuba also has a long history with Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, joining as a volunteer in 1984. He became a paid employee in 1986 and was promoted to deputy chief of operations in 2005.

In addition to his training in the field, Maciuba has co-authored three editions of a firefighting strategies and tactics textbook.

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