perrygapublicsafetyBefore joining the City of Perry Department of Public Safety as the Fire Division Commander in 2006, Deputy Chief Joel Gray worked with the Fire Departments of the cities of Safety Harbor, FL and St. Pete Beach, FL, Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District, and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in Bradenton, FL. Gray was commissioned as a Lieutenant of the City of Clearwater Fire Department where he was Lead Investigator for the Fire Marshal’s Office, promoted to Assistant Chief, then to Fire Marshal. Gray became Division Chief, third in command, of the department which consisted of 8 fire stations, 230 fire fighters and 12 civilians.

Gray has served in the Divisions of Fire Operations, Fire Prevention, Public Education, Support Services, Code Enforcement, Hazardous Materials/Devices Response and Management, Law Enforcement Investigation and Fraud Detection. Gray also worked with private forensic fire scene and code compliance investigations and responded to incidents through the United States and the Caribbean Islands through his work with Interscience, Inc of Tampa, FL and with Royal-Sun Alliance Insurance Company of London, England.

In 1991, Gray became one of the first 500 individuals to be certified internationally as a Fire Origin & Cause Investigator by the International Association of Arson Investigators, and nationally by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

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