Russell Beaty is the interim Fire Chief of the Pensacola Fire Department.
He began his career with the Pensacola Fire Department in 1983 as a firefighter/EMT. Prior to his appointment as interim Fire Chief, Beaty progressed through the ranks, working in the fire suppression, rescue, and ARFF branches as well as the facility management and communications divisions. Beaty was promoted to Battalion Chief in July 2005, assuming responsibility for the Training Division. In May of 2007 he transferred back to the suppression branch as the chief of B Battalion.
In October of 2008, Beaty was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief. In August 2009, upon the departure of Frank Edwards, Beaty was appointed interim Fire Chief.
He is currently working to complete his Bachelor's Degree through Columbia Southern University.