Sabrina M. Potter, considers her most outstanding achievement to be that she is the mother of 4, ages 43, 40, 37, 33, adoptive mother of 4 ages 38, 37, 34, 34, and Nana of 15. Mrs. Potter retired from Ormond Beach Fire Department November 22, 2006 due to Ventricular Ectopy and the complications thereof. Sabrina, appealed an order from the Judge of Compensation Claims, denying her claim for impairment benefits for her work related Ventricular Ectopy, her appealed case was won in:
The District Court of Appeal, First District, State of Florida.
This Case set a precedence for all Firefighters. To read more go to: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/data2/floridastatecases/app/app1_10_2005/04-4636.pdf.
Sabrina believes that, “Our lives began to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. Dr. MLK in her words “Justice and Equality always matter”. Sabrina, is a many faceted entrepreneur, who strongly supports studies in Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity in the Fire Service. She is the First and currently the last, Black Female to hold the rank of Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Ormond Beach, Florida Fire Department. Sabrina, obtained her Degree in Emergency Medical Services in 1998, and went on to become a State of Florida Fire Inspector and State of Florida Certified Pump Operator.
Sabrina began her career as a Part-Time temporary Firefighter/EMT for the City of Jacksonville’s Port Authority at Craig Airfield. Sabrina served as a volunteered Firefighter with the City of Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department while continuing her training and raising her family. In 2005 Sabrina, became a representative for Essence of Fire, Inc. the first and currently the only Female Firefighter Calendar that features Women of Color in the Fire Service. In 2006 Mrs. Potter became the Vice President of Essence of Fire, Inc. which afforded the opportunity to combine her endeavors of bring Fire Service Females together while aiding in providing resources to at Risk Children in inner cities. Sabrina is presently in her first term as the Vice President for Black Women in the Fire Service (BWFS), after serving as Recording Secretary for the term 2008 – 2010. BWFS is a committee of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters. Sabrina is a lifetime active member of the IABPFF who volunteers her talents in organizational service, recruitment of new members and Chapter Start-ups for the IABPFF and BWFS. Sabrina has been with the Organization since 1994
As an Independently Contracted Paramedical Examiner, she has engaged in developing a Health and Wellness program, with attention to the Prevention of high risk health issues for the African American Firefighter.
Black Women In Fire Service:
- Vice President
- Recording Secretary
- Corresponding Secretary
- Corresponding Secretary
- SER Election Chair
- Registration Chair
International Association of Black Professional Firefighters:
- Election Chair