Mayor Alvin Brown appointed Martin Senterfitt as Director/Fire Chief on Dec. 21, 2011.
Senterfitt is a 24-year veteran of JFRD and has been an executive-level participant in local, regional and statewide emergency management systems and responses on several occasions. This includes incidents such as the T2 Laboratories chemical plant explosion and the Berkman Plaza 2 parking garage collapse, both of which occurred locally in December 2007. He's also been part of numerous regional deployments to provide disaster relief to hurricane-ravaged areas, such as Harrison County in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina; responding to wildfires throughout Northeast Florida over the last decade; and serving on special assignment as JFRD's Super Bowl Coordinator when Jacksonville hosted the event in February 2005.
Prior to his appointment as Director/Fire Chief, Senterfitt served as Division Chief of Emergency Preparedness, an appointment made by former Mayor John Peyton in July 2008. He was also deputy director in Emergency Preparedness from February 2005 to July 2006 until he was promoted to the rank of District Chief. In that field duty role, Senterfitt was responsible for a territory including nine fire stations on Jacksonville's Westside. Senterfitt earned his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Florida.