Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services - Luis Villar
Luis Villar began his fire service career with Margate Fire Department in 1991. For over 20 years he worked on a shift schedule responding to 911 calls, serving the citizens of Margate. In 2010 he was assigned to day shift to work in the EMS Division and assist in the Accreditation process for the department. Luis handles all of Margate Fire Rescue EMS Functions and is the Department’s and City’s Infection Control Officer.
Luis Villar has risen through the ranks. In 1996 he was promoted to Lieutenant, in 2001 he was promoted to Captain and in 2014 he was promoted to Division Chief of EMS.
Prior to the Fire Department, Luis worked in the Emergency Medical field in the Hospital environment beginning in 1987. He credits much of his insight into the medical field to the work in the emergency room at Hialeah Hospital. While there, he enjoyed medicine so much that it led him to become a Registered Nurse. Educationally, Chief Villar holds degrees in Nursing, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science.
Luis has enjoyed his accomplishments with Margate Fire Department, including participation in Firematics Competitions, being a member of the initial all-volunteer Dive Team and being a member of the Fire Department’s Honor Guard. Luis has been awarded Firefighter of the Month on several occasions as well as Firefighter of the Year. He prides himself of the opportunity to serve the community and fulfill his dream of working as a Firefighter Paramedic.