Assistant Chief of Training, Education and Safety
Assistant Chief DiCristofalo began his fire service career in 1997 with the Panama City Fire Department. Joining the Fort Myers Fire Department in 2000, Chief DiCristofalo promoted through the ranks to the position of Deputy Fire Chief. He holds dual Bachelor Degrees in Public Safety Administration, and Fire Science, Fire Officer III and Fire Instructor III certifications from the State of Florida, and has been designated as a Chief Fire Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief DiCristofalo is a veteran of the US Army, serving on active duty from 1987 to 1989.
During his tenure with Fort Myers, his passion for training led to being promoted to Division Chief of Training with the responsibility to develop and deliver fire and EMS training plans. In this role, he served as the department’s Incident Safety Officer, and Health and Safety Officer. He has also been an adjunct instructor with the Southwest Florida Public Safety Academy teaching both fire and EMS subjects.
Recognition for public service includes Paramedic of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, multiple Phoenix Awards, and Meritorious Service Award for the rescue of two victims at a structure fire in 2001.
Married for 18 years, Chief DiCristofalo has enjoyed the support of his wife, Pamela, and daughter, Natali, throughout his public service career.