The District began as a volunteer fire department in 1949 by the Beach Improvement Association, Inc. The District incorporated as the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District in 1950 with an estimated population of only 2,500 residents. Since, the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department has become a full-service career and emergency response organization protecting the residents and visitors of this highly sought after and growing location.
The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department provides a variety of services to include a multitude of fire suppression activities, Emergency Medical Advanced Life Support (ALS) on all apparatus, ambulance transport, technical rescue, hazardous materials incident response, and a variety of other emergency and non-emergency services.
The District’s annual operating budget is primarily funded through property tax collection, fees for services, and impact fees.
Branches and Divisions
The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department is organized into major branches and divisions to achieve the maximum benefit in all aspects of resident and visitor needs. Fort Myers Beach Assistant Chiefs, Directors, and Division Chiefs oversee organizational branches and divisions to include the Operations Branch, Life Safety and Support Services Branch, Administrative Branch, Training Division, and Emergency Medical Services Division. All branch and division executives are responsible for overseeing the management of their areas of responsibility while working together in achieving the organization’s operational and administrative goals.
The Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District is a Special District of Florida, which operates by the governance and leadership of a five-member Board of Fire Commissioners. The Board of Fire Commissioners are residents of Fort Myers Beach and are elected by the Fort Myers Beach Community to serve the District for a four-year term. The Board works with the Fire Chief and Administrative staff in establishing vision for the organization, strategic and long range planning objectives, as well as overseeing financial activities.
To honorably serve our community by providing caring, compassionate service through devoted professionals.
The Vision of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department is to be a best in class organization, shaping our community through excellence in service, changing lives in all that we do.
Today Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island is known as the world’s safest beach and a celebrated vacation paradise. The enjoyment of swimming, and shelling on the 7 mile silver sand beach, or fishing and boating in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, is purely all many people experience. Behind the lines of this natural beauty there is a cluster of people, sometimes unknown, but always ready to assist the community in periods of unexpected emergencies. To the public they are simply referred to as the Fort Myers Beach Firefighters, but to an ill or injured person, they are life savers.