Palm Coast - Longtime Palm Coast Fire Chief Michael C. Beadle will retire and Deputy Chief Gerard "Jerry" Forte will become the City's fire chief at a Transfer of Command ceremony set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, to be held at Palm Coast Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy. Parking will be limited, so please carpool if possible.

The ceremony promises the pomp and circumstance fitting of the fire service tradition. The Palm Coast Fire Department Honor Guard will present colors and several formal presentations will be made before Chief Forte is sworn in. Both Beadle and Forte will speak.

Chief Beadle became the City of Palm Coast's first fire chief in 2000, not long after the City incorporated, and he has overseen tremendous growth in both the size and breadth of services offered by the Fire Department. He started as a volunteer firefighter here in 1988 and, two years later, became a career firefighter.

Chief Forte has served as Palm Coast Fire Department's deputy chief for nine years. He started as a Palm Coast volunteer firefighter in 1990, becoming a career member as a firefighter/EMT in 1992. He rose through the ranks and has served as Deputy Fire Chief since 2009.

For more information, contact Communications & Marketing Manager Cindi Lane atclane@palmcoastgov.com and 386-986-3708.