Gail Loput grew up in South Florida and became interested in the fire service while working as a lineman’s assistant for Florida Power & Light. She witnessed the team effort of multiple fire departments throughout Florida as they assisted the Broward and Miami Dade areas recover from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Andrew in August 1992. This event, combined with the manmade disaster of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, set her on the path to becoming a firefighter. In 1998 she began taking the required classes to join the fire service.
She began her career at JFRD on July 17, 2000. Since then, Loput has been assigned to both the rescue and suppression divisions as a firefighter and an engineer before being promoted to lieutenant in 2008.
Loput has been a state-licensed paramedic for 15 years. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services from Broward Community College in 2005. Then she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University in 2009. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s Degree Program for Emergency Management, also at Columbia Southern University.
In her last assignment as captain of Fire Station 56 at Cecil Commerce Center, Loput was responsible for fire suppression, rescue, and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF). Station 56 is one of JFRD's two ARFF stations. As such, Loput was responsible for overseeing the management and training of all personnel assigned to Station 56 for proper response on and off Cecil's airport. She has also drafted standard operating procedures for emergency responses involving the newly-integrated Navy personnel that are temporarily assigned to Station 56.
Appointed by Mayor Lenny Curry as the new Division Chief of Training for JFRD, Loput is responsible for ensuring training department personnel stay current with emerging techniques and the corresponding highest standards of public safety.