Six members of Largo Fire Rescue were sworn into their roles during the Nov. 5 commission meeting. Pictured are, from left, Firefighters Thomas Bogaards, Nashan Tiwari, Jorge Oliveria and Jorge Rodriquez, Deputy Chief David Mixson and Chief Shelby Willis.
LARGO – Four new firefighters/paramedics, along with newly appointed Fire Chief Shelby Willis and Deputy Chief David Mixson were sworn into their roles within Largo Fire Rescue Nov. 5.
The new firefighters – Thomas Bogaards, Nashan Tiwari, Jorge Oliveria and Jorge Rodriquez were added to the department as of Sept. 30.
Bogaards was born and raised in Miami. He attended the Florida State Fire College and the Miami Dade Community College for his fire and EMS certifications. He previously worked for American Ambulance as an emergency medical technician.
Tiwari was born in Minnesota and moved to Florida four years ago. He attended St. Petersburg Fire Academy and Manatee Technical Institute for his certifications and also has a bachelor’s degree in public safety from St. Petersburg College. He worked for Paramedics Plus two years prior to coming to Largo.
Oliveria was born and raised in Tampa. He attended Leary Fire Academy and Hillsborough Community College for his fire and EMS certifications. Before coming to Largo Fire Rescue, he was an electrician.
Rodriquez was born in Illinois and moved to Florida in 2010. He attended Waubonsee Community College and Hillsborough Community College for his certifications and was previously employed at Paramedics Plus.
Willis has been the acting chief since April and was hired over 58 candidates who applied for the position on Sept. 13. She has been with the department since 1997.
Willis promoted Mixson to take over her former role as deputy chief on Oct. 3. Mixson was first promoted to division chief in 2009. He was moved back to chief of operations when Willis took oversight of the department in April, following the resignation of former chief Mike Wallace, who was questioned on his choice of personnel, including the position of operations chief.