Christopher Teale Howes, Kit to his friends, spent 31 years in the fire service. In 1976 he joined Del-Trail Fire Control District 9 in southern Palm Beach County, Florida. In 1984 Del-Trail and other district departments merged to form Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, now a nationally recognized metro-sized department. During his tenure in the fire service, Howes worked his way up from rookie firefighter to driver operator, then company officer, and finally chief officer. Along the way he earned an AS degree in Fire Science, a BS in Human Resource Management, and successfully completed the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy.
Upon retirement in 2007, Mr. Howes and his wife, Candy, moved to the Upper Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee where he continues to remain involved in the fire service, volunteering on Engine 4 in the rural community of Armathwaite. Since retirement he is pursuing other interests, including gardening, beekeeping, writing, traveling, and working as a substitute teacher at Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute, a rural high school of excellence that was the vision of Sergeant Alvin C. York, World War I Medal of Honor recipient.
To order Chief Howes' book, The Hot Zone, visit his website: www.kithowes.com