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Palm Harbor Says Goodbye to Fire Chief

Palm Harbor fire Chief Scott Sanford | Palm Harbor Chief Craig Maciuba | Palm Harbor Fire Rescue

The department also welcomed his replacement.

PALM HARBOR – Palm Harbor Fire Rescue held a changing of the guard ceremony Wednesday (July 10) to ceremoniously retire Fire Chief Craig Maciuba after 35 years of dedicated service.

The event also served to introduce and welcome the new Palm Harbor fire chief, Scott Sanford.

Maciuba served the citizens of Palm Harbor with more than 35 years of volunteer and career firefighting.

At one time Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, formerly known as OPC for Ozona, Palm Harbor & Crystal Beach, was a primarily volunteer department. Maciuba served in many capacities and also worked alongside his brother, Keith.

During the ceremony, Keith Maciuba, the second senior most firefighter at PHFR, handed his brother the department flag for the last time. Chief Maciuba then passed the flag on to incoming Chief Sanford to signify the end and beginning of their careers as fire chief.

Sanford has been a member of Palm Harbor Fire Rescue since 2000 and worked his way up through the ranks. He served on the executive board of Local 2980 for 10 years, was a pension board trustee, a member of the department’s extrication team and was promoted to deputy chief of operations in October 2018.

Photo shows incoming Palm Harbor fire Chief Scott Sanford, left, and outgoing Chief Craig Maciuba. Courtesy of Palm Harbor Fire Rescue.

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