September 13, 2018 - Treasure Island City Manager Garry Brumback is pleased to announce the appointment of William “Trip” Barrs to the position of Fire Chief.
Chief Barrs has most recently served as Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Dunedin, Florida for the past six years, and he will retire from the department on October 1, 2018 after serving 26 years with the department. During his 26-year career, he has served as Deputy Fire Chief, Shift Commander, Lieutenant, and Firefighter/Paramedic.
Chief Barrs holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Leadership from Eckerd College, and he is currently a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Public Leadership/Emergency Management. He holds a number of professional certifications including Executive Fire Officer, Chief Fire Officer, Paramedic, Live Fire Training Instructor, Instructor III, Fire Inspector and United States Coast Guard licensed captain.
In addition to his duties with the Dunedin Fire Rescue, he has served as a Strike Team Leader with the State of Florida Emergency Management Agency, Disaster Response Task Force since 2014. In that latter capacity, he was deployed in response to both Hurricane Matthew and the Collier County wildfires.
The City is pleased to have someone with Chief Barrs’ leadership experience and professional background take the helm at Treasure Island Fire Rescue. He succeeds Treasure Island Police Chief Armand Boudreau who has temporarily served as Public Safety Director for the past year.
Chief Barrs will begin his duties as Treasure Island Fire Rescue Fire Chief on October 1, 2018 with a swearing in ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 6pm in the Treasure Island City Hall auditorium.