|Battalion Chief David Hanks Retires
As he retires with over 30 years of service, Palm Bay Fire-Rescue said farewell to Battalion Chief David Hanks on June 28, 2013.
Chief Hanks was hired by the Palm Bay Fire Department in June of 1982, when only one station was in existence. As the City began to experience a number of tremendous growth spurts, more stations were opened to better serve our citizens. By then, Chief Hanks had already been promoted to Driver Engineer and Lieutenant. In 1990, he was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief and has served the City well in this position ever since. Battalion Chief Hanks has been part of the Department’s growth into a five station department, with a sixth in the planning process.
Battalion Chief Hanks has supervised on-line firefighters as well as administrative personnel, continually holding them to the highest of standards. He has enjoyed sharing his experiences and knowledge with them to prepare them for future challenges and opportunities. He leaves behind a legacy of success in service.
Chief Hanks is involved with the Boy Scouts of America, enjoys riding his motorcycle in his down time, and spending time with his family.