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Monday, 02 May 2011 15:36

Halstead Keeping His ‘Boots on the Ground’


David Halstead obviously has not strayed far from his background of the ready boots and bunker suit, the klaxon, and the highly polished red engines. With office walls adorned with pictures and memorabilia reflecting his fire-fighter background, Halstead is head of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. He has had a life-long career in the emergency management world, with his roots in the fire-fighting community in the city of Altamonte Springs, Florida. After his retirement from that arena, he came to Tallahassee to work for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). When the former director Craig Fugate left to become FEMA Administrator in May 2009, Halstead accepted the governor’s invitation to serve as division interim deputy director. He was confirmed as the permanent director in April of 2010.His “boots on the ground” philosophy permeates the division.“Our mission is to support the local emergency manager in any way we can, right