Goldsboro Fire Chief Accepts New Job In Florida

Goldsboro Fire Chief Accepts New Job In Florida

The City of Goldsboro will need a new fire chief.

After nearly three years leading the Goldsboro Fire Department, Chief Joe Dixon is heading south after accepting the job as chief of Gainesville Fire Rescue in Florida.

In his few years in Goldsboro, Chief Dixon strived to become more than just a firefighter for his community.

Goldsboro Fire Chief Joe Dixon Sits atop the 1919 La France fire engine.

Dixon says, even though he is leaving, he will still be involved in the rehabilitation of the historic 1919 La France fire engine.

During his time in Goldsboro, the fire chief established the “Chief Joseph Dixon EMS Scholarship” at Wayne Community College to help minority Goldsboro residents start a career with the GFD.

Under Dixon’s leadership, the Goldsboro Fire Department just released its Annual Report for 2020, which includes a list of accomplishments from just the past 12 months.

Chief Dixon also lists the update of the city’s Emergency Operation Plan as a key accomplishment during his tenure.  The document was over 15 years old and would have cost thousands of dollars for a contractor to update.  However, Dixon is a Certified Emergency Manager and he was able to help the city put the new plan together.

Chief Dixon’s last day with the Goldsboro Fire Department has not been established, but he is set to begin his new role as the Gainesville Fire Chief on March 15th.


Wayne Community College Associate Vice President for Workforce Continuing Education Services Renita Allen Dawson (right) and Foundation of Wayne Community College Executive Director Adrienne Northington (left) accept a $1,000 donation from Goldsboro Fire Chief Joe Dixon in 2019. The gift funds scholarships for minority Goldsboro residents seeking Emergency Medical Technician certification for employment with his department.