Breaking news: Rusty Nail named new Escambia Co. fire chief

Russell ‘Rusty’ Nail, the fire chief fo Palm Bay, Fla., has been selected the new chief for Escambia County.

Nail was chosen from a pool of 77 candidates that had been narrowed down to two other two finalists–Stephen F. Cox of South Bend, Ind. and Paul Randall Smith of Mobile, Ala.

Nail was a firefighter/EMT from 1992-96 with the Palm Bay Fire Department before spending the next two decades with the Orlando Fire Department. In March 2016, he returned to Palm Bay Fire Rescue as a battalion chief. He was sworn in as the Palm Bay fire chief in August 2017.