William J. Costello, Sarasota County Firefighter Veteran

William “Bill” Costello, is a 43 year veteran of the fire service in Sarasota County.

Bill served as a firefighter/EMT/paramedic from 1976–1984 until he became a Station Lieutenant. In 1985 Bill was selected to be the departments Training Officer, he continues to hold that position today, at the rank of Division Chief for the Sarasota County Fire Department (SCFD).

Bill retired from SCFD in 2008 to take on the challenge of running the Fire Science Program for the Suncoast Technical College. Bill retired from STC in December of 2017 at the request of SCFD to again become their Chief of Training. Bill continues to develop programs to ensure our firefighters have the skills and knowledge needed to provide world class emergency services to our community.

Over the years Bill has been recognized for his fire service contributions; In July 1990 Bill was presented with a resolution from the Florida State University, Iota Lamda Sigma, Kappa Chapter making him a member of the “Council of Excellence” for his contribution to Apprenticeship within the State of Florida.

In 1997 Bill was chosen as one of the top two Fire Service Instructors in the State of Florida by the Florida Chapter of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.

In May of 2003 Bill was inducted into the National Vocational – Technical Honor Society

Bill also has his picture on the STC “Wall of Fame” for his dedication and contributions to our technical programs over the past 30 years as a part-time instructor in the Fire Science Program, teaching entry level, experienced firefighters and Company Officer Leadership courses.

Bill is married to his best friend Melinda. They have four children, all girls and five grandchildren. Bill is a Viet Nam War veteran. He spent 4 years in the U.S. Army from 1970 – 1974. Bill holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo, certified by the American Taekwondo Association.

Bill does not plan on ever retiring. He says his job is, by far, the best job in the world.