Nick Lo Cicero, Tampa Fire Rescue Chief

Chief LoCiceroChief Lo Cicero started his career in the fire service in 1980; he has served with Tampa Fire Rescue since 1986.

His prior position was Assistant Chief of Operations. Responsibilities include supervision and direction of Shift Commanders and District Chiefs and the 216 daily assigned personnel per shift in the management of fire suppression and rescue activities. He is accountable for plans, direction, and coordination of 5 fire districts and 22 fire stations for fire suppression activities, advanced life support responses within the 128 sq. mile jurisdiction.  

Formerly he has held positions as the Assistant Chief of Administration and the Division Chief of Rescue. His career has included numerous assignments in the department. He began as a firefighter; he has served in line supervisory roles from Lieutenant to Captain and Chief Officer. Over the years, Chief Lo Cicero has attained many specialty certifications and has served in the following Tampa Fire Rescue specialties which include; Hazardous Materials, Critical Care Transport, Tactical Medic, Special Operations and Urban Search and Rescue with (Florida Task Force 3). He was deployed throughout the state in the 2004/2005 hurricane season. In 2006 he traveled to Nairobi, Kenya with a military contingent to speak to country leaders on Disaster Preparedness and Urban Search and Rescue principals. Over the years, he has developed many operational plans that include support for Gasparilla Parades, the 2012 Republican National Convention, the 2013 Bollywood Awards and the 2017 Football College National Championship. Chief Lo Cicero has also participated as a guest speaker at the local and state level centering on community safety and educational programs pertaining to injury and risk reduction strategies for the elderly population as well as cardiac care and water safety awareness programs for all ages.

Chief Lo Cicero is a graduate of Hillsborough Community College’s Fire Science standards program and EMS Paramedic program. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in Emmitsburg, MD.  He is a former Silver Medal of Valor and Firefighter of the Year recipient of the department.