Ray Norton | Flight Medic & Pinellas Suncoast District Fire Chief (ret.)
Ray Norton is an O2X Instructor and Resilience Specialist who recently retired from Fire & EMS after 30 years of service.
In 1987, Ray started his career as a volunteer firefighter at Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue in Florida and eventually ended his career as a District Chief with Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue. During his career, he held positions as Driver Engineer, Lieutenant, Training Chief, EMS Chief, and assisted with the Operations Chief position.
Ray was also a flight medic at Bayfront Medical Center where he worked with the busiest trauma response helicopter in the nation, having 97% of calls coming as scene responses. The program provided services for All Children’s Hospital pediatric and neonatal transports.
In his off time, he joined his wife to start up a nonprofit called Veterans Alternative to assist Veterans with PTS transition back to civilian life and help with stress management.
Ray is the author of our newest blog ‘After Action Review: 30 Years in the Fire Service’ where he covers his biggest takeaways from over 30 decades of public service.