Walton County Fire Rescue, the primary provider of advanced life support and emergency medical services and the largest fire suppression agency north of Choctawhatchee Bay in Walton County, recently announced the addition of Capt. Ralph Everage as the department’s first training officer.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Resource Management from Troy University, Everage, 53, served as an assistant fire chief at Crestview Fire Department for 26 years. As assistant chief, he oversaw the department’s in-house training programs and acted as lead instructor for all state training certification programs. While serving at Crestview Fire Department, Everage was also a co-lead instructor at the Fire Academy at Northwest Florida State College from 2010 to 2015.

“We are excited to welcome Capt. Everage to the WCFR family,” said Fire Chief Russell Beaty. “He is a true representation of what we had in mind for the training officer role. Captain Everage is passionate about fire rescue, and he shares that passion with others through training.”

As the first training officer for Walton County Fire Rescue, Everage will focus on creating an advanced training program that will not only improve overall performance but prepare WCFR employees to become leaders within their organization.