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Seminole County Fire Dept.'s Fire Marshal Named East Central Director of the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association

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November 22, 2023 | FLORIDA DOREEN OVERSTREET, Correspondent
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SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL - (November 15, 2023) – The Seminole County Fire Department’s Fire Marshal/Assistant Chief Christina Diaz was recently elected as the East Central Director of the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association (FFMIA).

Diaz was sworn into her new leadership role at the 75th Annual Fire Prevention Conference in Gainesville on November 8, 2023.

During her two-year term, she will serve as one of six regional directors to help lead the 1,600 members at FFMIA. The organization serves residents in Florida by providing top-tier leadership for life safety strategies through inspection, investigation, public education, and code management.

“We are extremely proud of Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Diaz for her leadership and work ethic, not only at the Seminole County Fire Department, but for helping advance the fire prevention profession in terms of education and leadership,” said Fire Chief Matt Kinley. “She is extremely passionate about fire prevention and knows that residents and businesses adhering to fire codes can ultimately help save lives.”

Assistant Chief Diaz has served at the Seminole County Fire Department since 2016 and prior to that served a decade at the Orange County Fire Rescue Department as a Fire Inspector I and then Fire Inspector II. She was named as the State of Florida Fire Marshal of the Year in 2020 by FFMIA. In addition, she has been awarded the Seminole County Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Employee of the Year in 2017 and honored in 2020 with the Community Excellence Award by the Lake Mary Rotary.

Assistant Chief Diaz earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Management at Western Governors University and her Associate degree in Fire Science from Valencia State College. Additionally, Chief Diaz obtained her State of Florida Minimum Standards compliance certification and her Emergency Medical Technical (EMT) certification at the same college.

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