October 23, 2020 – First Responder of the Day
Fire Deputy Chief Michael T. Russell
Cape Coral Fire Department
Deputy Chief Russell is originally from Wheeling, West Virginia where he worked in public safety, but was enticed by Florida’s weather and moved to Cape Coral in 2004. He was hired by the Cape Coral Fire Department in 2005 and promoted to Fire Deputy Chief in April 2020.
Deputy Chief Russell has also served in the positions of Firefighter, Engineer/Driver, Field Training Officer, Lieutenant, Battalion Chief, and Division Chief. He is a Florida certified Fire Instructor, Fire Officer, and Public Sector Labor Relations Professional.
Deputy Chief Russell has an associate degree in Fire Science Technology from Edison State College, a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration from Edison State College, and a master’s degree in Administration from Barry University. He is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program which he will complete in August.
He believes constant growth is the pathway to success. He motivates the team to overcome challenges with conviction and empathy with a relentless pursuit of excellence. While managing the complex needs of the department, he provides support, guidance, and inspiration with a vision and focus towards the future and leads with charisma, passion, trust, and honesty.
The Fire Deputy Chief is second only to the Fire Chief and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Fire Department, including managing the budget and overseeing the Divisions of Logistics, Operations, and Professional Standards.