Volusia County

Port Orange terminates fire chief week after placing him on paid leave

PORT ORANGE, Fla. — Port Orange terminated its fire chief on Thursday, Mayor Don Burnette confirmed to Channel 9.

The city placed Chief Ken Fustin on paid leave last week.

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The mayor said that stemmed from Fustin getting into an argument with Volusia County Public Protection Director Joe Pozzo.

The specifics of the argument are not known yet.

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Deputy Chief Joe Wulfing will fill in as the interim chief.

Fustin had been with the city since 2016.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.