Palm Coast, Florida - The Flagler-Palm Coast Kiwanis Club has named Palm Coast Firefighter-Paramedic Thomas Bull its 2017 Firefighter of the Year.

Bull, a veteran firefighter with over 15 years of service, joined the Palm Coast Fire Department within the last two years. He previously served in New Smyrna Beach Fire Department and Alachua County Fire Rescue. Bull is a graduate of the Daytona State College and obtained his paramedic certification in 1996 and firefighter certifications in 2001. He lives in Daytona Beach with his family.

Above and beyond his duties as a Firefighter-Paramedic, Bull eagerly accepted the role as the Emergency Medical Service Officer for the Fire Department. He coordinates EMS training and helps lead the Department's effort in purchasing a new training mannequin simulator with funds from a State EMS grant.

Bull was selected for this award by the Fire Department command staff because of his commitment to excellence with the training program and for greatly enhancing residents' quality of life through the Department's high-quality Emergency Medical Services.

"Firefighter Bull works close with our Medical Director (Dr. Kristin McCabe-Kline) and Capt. Thomas Ascone in assuring high-quality training for the department's EMTs and paramedics," said Fire Lt. Jeffrey Poeira, who nominated Bull for the award. "Tom is helping our Department enhance our EMS training with more hands-on training assessments."

The Flagler-Palm Coast Kiwanis Club has been a local chapter of Kiwanis International for the past 40 years. This annual award is given to local firefighters to recognize them for their service, dedication and commitment to their communities. The award was presented by Kiwanis Chapter President Michael McElroy, a retired Police Officer from Ossining, New York, and Awards Chairman Frank Consentino. Also attending the awards presentation were Capt. Ascone and Lt. Poeira.

For more information, contact the Palm Coast Fire Department at 386-986-2300.