Clermont has new assistant fire chief

Kathy Johnston, a former deputy chief with the Orlando Fire Department and founder of Search and Rescue of Central Florida, is Clermont’s new assistant fire chief.

Johnston, who ho lds two master’s degrees, had a distinguished 25-year career in the Orlando Fire Department, where she served as assistant chief. She was named Orlando Employee of the Month multiple tim es and was awarded the Charles C. Hall Award for emergency medical services in Orange County. She has published numerous articles and been a speaker at the International Association of Fire Chiefs Conferences.