Fire Board Sanction Policy Changed


Over $12,000 raised for MDA

The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department was held Wednesday at 6pm at Town Hall. They approved a Board Policy change regarding the discipline policy, which prior to last November’s election was used by two board members to sanction a third member, while two other commissioners were absent. That sanction was reversed by a 4-0 vote at their last meeting.

The revisions of the policy include a mandatory delay on voting on any sanction so that a violation of board policy cannot be alleged and voted on in the same meeting. It also includes the requirement of a super majority of all board members, so, minus the accused member who is not allowed to vote, sanctions would require a supermajority or 3 out of 4 or 3 out of 3.

During the Fire Chief’s Report, Matt Love reported on the department’s hiring efforts for 7 open positions. He recognized January service anniversaries for: Firefighter Pat Ahern – 22 years; Lt. Todd Williamson – 13 years; Firefighter Jeff Lundy – 6 years; Life Safety Specialist Lloyd Adams – 4 years; Firefighter John Cunningham-3 years; Firefighter Joel Martinez – 2 years.

February had 309 calls for service, with an average response time of 5:01. Of those calls, 80% were for EMS; 15% were for Good Intent/Service and 5% were for fire.

Love reported that the Board of County Commissioner had approved the department’s Certificate of Public Convenience (COPCN) which allows the department to provide ambulance transport services.

The Life Safety and Support Services has narrowed the gap between application for Life Safety Ordinance vacation rental registration and inspection. Most properties who contact the department now are scheduled for inspection within 45 days.

Many Islanders noticed firefighters collecting for MDA during Shrimp Fest weekend. That effort, coordinated through Southwest Florida Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Local 1826 raised over $12,000 on Fort Myers Beach, which contributed to  over $255,000 raised in Lee County.

The Fire Department is hosting an Open House and 70th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 30 from 11am-noon at Fire Station 33 on Lenell Road. Fire Chief Matt Love’s selection as 2019 Lee County Fire Chief of the Year will also be recognized. All are invited. Light refreshments will be served.

On April 10, 2019, the Fire Board will hold a work session and meeting at 9:30am on the 3rd floor of the Beach Library.


By Missy Layfield