The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, included the swearing in of several staff members who had been promoted or were new to the department, including Deputy Fire Marshall Jennifer Campbell, Captain II Dan Miller, Driver Engineer Tate Sturtevant and Driver Engineer Billy Galewski.
During the ceremony, Fire Chief Matt Love thanked the families in attendance, noting that they filled council chambers at Town Hall. “Our people all have family at home, which is just as important as their family in the station. Sometimes they experience things on the job that they might want to talk about or might not, and their families at home, supporting them and the job they do are so important.”
Fire Chief Report
Chief Love had plenty to share as the meeting was the first regular monthly meeting since late March. Battalion Chief Jake Lamb and Capt. Brown completed the Emergency Services Leadership Institute’s Government Relations and Public Policy course, sponsored the Florida Fire Chief’s Association.
In March the department took on plan review services and some permitting services, a result of having new Life Safety & Support Services personnel in place.
Department service anniversaries in March and April included: Fire Chief Matt Love-3 years; Driver Engineer Tate Sturtevant-13 years; Driver Engineer Andres Vila-13 years; Firefighter Kyra Adams-13 years; Firefighter Paul Montenegro-4 years; Firefighter Hermes Llaser-3 years and Firefighter Layne Tal-3 years.
March is the department’s busiest month as reflected in 424 incidents, up 5% over March 2018. EMS were 80% of the calls; Service/Good Intent 14% and Fire 6%. April calls for service dropped to 258, reflecting a 5.5% decrease from April 2018. EMS accounted for 80% of calls, Hazardous Conditions 1%, Service/Good Intent 14% and Fire 5% of calls in April. As of April 30, total 2019 incidents were 1309.
Jeff Brown of the accounting firm, Ashley, Brown & Co, presented a written and verbal audit report for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018 to the commissioners, noting that it was a “clean report, the highest level of report possible.”
The next meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners is June 26, 2019 at 6pm at Town Hall.
By Missy Layfield