Orlando Fire Department’s next chief named

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Fire Department’s next chief has been named.

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City Mayor Buddy Dyer tweeted Thursday that he has appointed Charlie Salazar to the position.

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Salazar brings three decades of experience, including serving as the executive deputy chief for Dallas Fire-Rescue, Dyer tweeted.

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“He is well qualified to ensure that OFD continues to work diligently in protecting our community,” Dyer wrote.

Orlando’s previous fire chief, Benjamin Barksdale, resigned in October. Barksdale was arrested following an incident at a restaurant in North Carolina last August.

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Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.