Samuel A. Eaton
State-Regional Coordinator F.A.C.E. Team
Samuel A. Eaton began his career 33 years ago in EMS and 26 years ago as a career firefighter. He came into the fire service as a Paramedic with a background as a Training Captain with an EMS Provider. He has served as a fire officer for 20 years in the ranks of LT, Captain, EMS Captain and for the past 10 years as an operations Battalion Chief for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
He has promoted education throughout his career and been an educator in EMS and Fire as well as active as an American Heart Association in BLS and ACLS instructor. He has taught for Palm Beach State College and JFK Medical Center’s education department. Chief Eaton has an A.A. degree from Palm Beach State College.
Over the past decade he has helped to create awareness on the epidemic issue of fire service related cancer and is a founding co-chair of the organization F.A.C.E. Firefighters Attacking the Cancer Epidemic. Chief Eaton serves as a Director for the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative (FFSHC), which focuses in the areas of: firefighter cancer prevention, health and fitness, mental wellness, and firefighter safety. Through the FFSHC, Chief Eaton and his Co-Chair Ret. Division Chief Vicki Sheppard were able to expand the F.A.C.E. Team concept to a statewide F.A.C.E. Team in November of 2016. Under the leadership of Chief Eaton that team is comprised of 25 fire service leaders from Jacksonville to Miami with a primary focus on firefighter cancer prevention and best practice recommendations.
Public speaking engagements include teaching at the local fire department, area departments, Safety Stand Downs, and presentations on the Collaborative. Specific events include: Florida Fire Chiefs Safety and Health Conference 2016, Florida Fire Chief Executive Development Conference 2016 and 2017, as well as the Firefighter Cancer Initiative at University of Miami.