Meet the Chief
Chief of Fire - Jerome Gaines
Jerome Gaines was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Northrop High School and received his Bachelors Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2011.
On December 9, 1983 he was sworn in as a firefighter with the Fort Wayne Fire Department. In 1988 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the suppression division. In 1989 he transferred to the training academy and became the lead instructor. Later that year he was promoted to Captain. In 1991 he was promoted to the rank of District Chief of Hazardous Materials Operations. In 1993 he was promoted to Chief of Special Operations. While in this position he also took on the duties of Systems Administrator over the Information Technology Division. In 1999 he returned to the fire suppression division as a Battalion Chief. In 2004 he was appointed to the position of Shift Commander and in 2014 he was appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief of Operations, where he oversaw the daily activities of 365 firefighters. He was appointed to fire chief of the Tallahassee Fire Department on June 30, 2014.
He and his wife Denice have three daughters (Tonya, Courtney, Jenai) and a son (Jorel) and seven grandchildren. He leaves the Fort Wayne Fire Department with thirty and half years of dedicated service.