Fire Chief James Stables
Chief Jim Stables originally joined Palm Bay Fire-Rescue in 1986, after serving as a firefighter/fire inspector for a year in South Florida. After a brief time with Brevard County Fire-Rescue, serving as a Captain and District Chief, he returned to Palm Bay in 2001 as Battalion Chief.
In his fire service career, he has risen progressively through the ranks.Chief Stables has over 25 years of progressive experience in the fire service and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. He holds various professional certifications, which include Fire Officer and Fire Service Instructor, through the State of Florida. He also holds the Chief Fire Officer Designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Battalion Chief Keith Grice
Battalion Chief Grice has been serving with Palm Bay Fire-Rescue since 1987, holding the positions of Firefighter, Driver/Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and, most recently, Battalion Chief for B-Shift.
Battalion Chief Grice holds an A/S Degree in Fire Science, Florida Fire Officer ll, Florida Fire Instructor ll, and also holds the Fire Officer Designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Battalion Chief Gene Harrell
Battalion Chief Harrell has been serving with Palm Bay Fire-Rescue since 2000, holding the positions of Training Section Commander, and, most recently, Battalion Chief for C-Shift.
In addition to managing the daily operations of C-Shift Battalion Chief Harrell s responsible for coordinating the emergency medical services program for the fire-rescue department.
Battalion Chief Harrell began his firefighting career with Melbourne Fire Department in 1974 and as a classmate of Assistant Chief Renfro in Melbourne’s Fire Academy, leaving in 1975 for Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Fire Department, where he remained for 23 years, receiving several promotions, and retiring as an Assistant Chief.
Battalion Chief Harrell holds an Associate’s Degree and various professional certifications in the fire-rescue field.
Fire Marshal Mike Couture
Fire Marshal Couture has been serving with Palm Bay Fire-Rescue since 1984, holding the positions of Firefighter, Driver/Engineer, Fire Inspector, and, most recently, Fire Marshal.
In addition to managing the fire prevention activities of the department Fire Marshal Couture is responsible for coordinating the fire-rescue department’s chaplain program, which he has done for past 10 years.
Fire Marshal Couture holds various professional certifications in the fire-rescue field.
Asst. Fire Marshal Ron Bailey
Asst. Fire Marshal Ron Bailey has been with PalmBay Fire-Rescue for ten years. He began his fire service career in 1984, working for the California Department of Forestry. He then worked for the Pismo Beach Fire Department before moving to Florida, where he rose in rank to Lieutenant for Indian Harbour Beach Fire Department.
Asst. Fire Marshal Bailey came to Palm Bay in 2002 as an inspector, and was promoted to Assistant FireMarshal in 2009. He has numerous certifications including investigator, and is currently working on
his Fire Science Degree.