Emergency Management Administrator
John Chapman serves as Orlando Utilities Commission’s Emergency Management Administrator, where he oversees OUC’s emergency response and preparedness programs to over 244,000 customers in Orange and Osceola Counties. His experience ranges from leading emergency response teams to having his boots on the ground in many disasters and emergencies.
Chapman is also the Director of Operations for CHC & Associates, an international firm specializing in Emergency Management and Business Continuity in Central Florida. In this position, Chapman is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Operations Section, a team of 53 associates.
Prior to OUC, Chapman was involved with public safety since 1976. His career began as a Paramedic Training Instructor, then progressed to be a Fire Lieutenant, then EMS Rescue Chief and retired in 2002 as Fire Chief for the City of Kissimmee Fire Department. During his time in Osceola County, Chapman also served as the coordinator for the Florida Fire Chief’s Association Disaster Response Plan and Osceola County Fire Representative to the Central Florida Domestic Security Task Force.
Chapman’s emergency management experience also extends into education. He serves as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Institute. He was also a fire, EMS, hazardous materials and emergency management instructor. He holds a teacher certification from the State of Florida’s Department of Education and has co-authored 14 training programs during his tenure at the Emergency Management Institute.