Assistant Fire Chief - Operations
Assistant Chief Bassett joined St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue in 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1998, Captain in 2006, Division Chief/Fire Marshal in 2010, and Assistant Fire Chief in December of 2012. He oversees the Operations Division which includes 312 of the 326 sworn uniformed employees for the department. This division is responsible for all emergency activities and oversight of the department's three specialty response teams: Hazardous Materials, Marine Rescue, and Technical Rescue.
His certifications include Fire Instructor III, Fire Officer I, Fire Inspector I, and Emergency Medical Technician. Chief Bassett is a 2007 graduate of St. Petersburg College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Administration. He was honored as EMT of the Year in 1993 and the Fire Officer of the Year in 2003. Chief Bassett is currently a member of the Pinellas County Fire Marshal Association, State of Florida Fire Marshal and Inspectors Association, National Fire Protection Association, Florida Fire Chiefs Association, and the SPC Public Safety Advisory Board.