Chief Charles "Chip" Drysdale
As Chief of the Training Division, Charles “Chip” Drysdale ensures that the 1,200 members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department not only meet a variety of continuing education and certification requirements, but that they also have opportunities to learn advanced lifesaving and firefighting techniques.
Drysdale brings 30-plus years of first responder experience to the Training Division. He joined JFRD in 1995, but his fire service career dates back to 1984 as a member of the City of Jacksonville Beach’s Fire Department. He was a Company Lieutenant and JBFD’s Training and EMS Coordinator. Prior to becoming a professional firefighter, he volunteered as a firefighter for the City of Atlantic Beach for two years. So within both departments, Drysdale has fulfilled the responsibilities of field duty, field supervisor and instructor/trainer.
During his tenure within JFRD’s Training Division, Drysdale has been instrumental in developing some of the academy’s most innovative training programs. He created JFRD’s Company Officer Program, which covers supervisory and leadership methodologies. Drysdale has also developed and taught courses in surface water rescue. He is an experienced lifeguard, having served 14 seasons with the Beach Patrol Division of the City of Atlantic Beach. His involvement earned the Beach Patrol advanced accreditation from the United States Lifesaving Association.
Drysdale first joined JFRD’s Administration when Mayor Alvin Brown appointed him as Chief of JFRD’s Operations Division in December 2011. Before that, Drysdale served as a field chief in the city’s busiest fire district, a territory including Jacksonville’s Southside, Tinseltown/Southpoint area and portions of Arlington and Regency Square. He also was assigned to JFRD’s Training Academy before he was promoted to the rank of District Chief.
Drysdale, a licensed paramedic, holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Flagler College, three Associate’s degrees from Florida State College at Jacksonville and numerous fire service certifications.