On Friday, Barbara Tripp, a 23-year fire rescue veteran, was sworn in as the 22nd Fire Chief in Tampa history.
The Oath of Office City was administered by Clerk Shirley Foxx-Knowles at Tampa Fire Rescue Station #5, 3900 North Central Avenue.
The Tampa native is the first-ever female Fire Chief in Tampa’s history, and the 13th African-American female Chief in the nation.
Mayor Jane Castor selected Tripp to serve as interim fire chief on November 18, 2020, prior to this appointment. Castor called Chief Tripp the “world’s greatest fire chief.”
Tampa City Council members confirmed the mayor’s appointment in a 6-0 vote on June 24.
Soon after the swearing in, a crew of 72 members of Urban Task Force 3, which includes special operations forces within Tampa Fire Rescue, traveled to Surfside, Florida to assist in the search for bodies after a 12-story apartment building collapsed Thursday. They will be deployed for seven days.