Executive Assistant Fire Chief of Operations
Chief Wirth joined the fire service as a volunteer firefighter in 1989. He began serving the public with the Placid Lakes Volunteer Fire Department until 1991 when he joined the Fort Myers Fire Department. During his tenure with Fort Myers, Chief Wirth’s diverse background helped prepare him to excel in his ultimate role as Fort Myers’ Operations Chief.
Chief Wirth brings 28 years of fire service experience to Fort Myers Beach. Over the years, Chief Wirth has participated in the mitigation of several multi-alarm fires, haz-mat incidents, and marine emergencies. In addition, he also responded to countless medical emergencies including mass-casualty incidents. Chief Wirth holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science, several fire-related certifications and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Chief Wirth has leveraged his years of construction experience to help improve the community through various volunteer projects. These projects include helping build houses with the Habitat for Humanity and giving aid to the victims of hurricanes Andrew and Charley.
During his time in the fire service, Chief Wirth has been recognized for his outstanding public service. He has received awards for Dedicated Service, Exceptional Service, the Grand Cordon Award and the George Sanders Firefighter of the Year Award for his role in identifying and capturing a serial arsonist. Chief Wirth has also received multiple Phoenix Awards for successful, life-saving events.
Chief Wirth has been blessed with the loving support of his wife Sonya for more than twenty years. Together, they have two wonderful daughters, Haley and Ashley. Chief Wirth is proud to be a member of the Fort Myers Beach Fire family and is dedicated to the department’s mission of honorably serving the Fort Myers Beach community through caring and compassionate service.