Battalion Chief Dan Holder began his career with Seminole County in 1994. During his tenure within the organization he has served in various roles in numerous capacities to include: Special Hazards Operations Team (Firefighter and Lieutenant), Incident Command Technician 1, Burn Team, Florida Task Force 4 USAR (since inception) and Battalion Chief.
Most recently and prior to his appointment to lead the Training Staff, Chief Holder served as an Operational Battalion Chief in Battalion 2; located in the southeast corner of Seminole County.
Chief Holder was an original member of the training staff and has functioned as a valuable member of the training cadre since the origination of Seminole County’s elite Fire Training Center.
“Cowboy”, as is he known to many, spent a portion of his “pre-fire department” life as a ranch hand working cattle throughout the Florida range. He has also logged many hours as a certified dive instructor. For the past four years he has dedicated numerous hours volunteering with the “No One Left Behind Foundation”, which provides combat veterans with rehabilitative experiences centered around outdoor activities.
Battalion Chief Holder is credentialed in many special operations and technical rescue disciplines. He is certified as a Fire Officer, Fire Service Instructor and Live Fire Training Instructor with the State of Florida. Additionally, he has attained his Associate of Science Degree through Seminole State College.
In addition to being an active member of the fire service, Chief Holder has been married for 22 years to his lovely wife Cathy. They have 2 sons who are attending the University of Central Florida. Chief Holder has dedicated his career in service to those with which he serves. He has spent countless hours aimed at improving the efficiency and efficacy of both his skills and the skills of his fellow firefighters.