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PREVENTION & PUBLIC EDUCATION DIVISION

We are passionate about helping our community reduce incidents and improve the quality of life through proactive Community Risk Reduction and Public Education.

Fire Prevention is the inspection, education, and enforcement division of the Iona McGregor Fire Department, providing life safety services through code enforcement and inspections during the new business development process, general fire inspections, operating and special use permitting and complaint investigation.

Fire Prevention is the key to saving lives and property. Fire Prevention education is the first step in the Fire Department’s commitment to protecting the lives and property of our citizens, guests, and neighboring communities.

Together we are fighting fires before fire starts.   

A special part of Prevention is our Public Education and Community Resource Coordinator. This officer is the liaison to the media at incidents, attends civic and home organization meetings, and assists in the planning of District functions. The public education function of this position involves serving the needs of the residents and businesses alike.

Some of the programs Iona-McGregor Fire District’s Public Education Division presents are:

  • Car seat inspections and installation
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Fire safety classes for the home or business
  • Fire safety trailer / Fire Safety Puppet Shows
  • CPR classes / First Aid Classes
  • Home inspections (smoke detectors, emergency plans, etc)
  • Hurricane preparedness (see our resource preparedness tab !)
  • Station tours / Fire truck demonstrations

To contact the Public Education Office, please call (239) 425-9316.   –   To access Prevention checklists or fees [click here]

Staff

Division Chief  & Fire Marshall

Ed Steffens

steffens@ionafire.com

As Fire Marshal, Division Chief Steffens is charged with community risk reduction and the pre-incident Fire and Life Safety concerns of the residents and visitors to Iona McGregor Fire District. The Fire Marshal also is the Lead Fire Cause and Origin Investigator for determining causation of fires within the District.

Ed began his career in the fire service with the City of Ft. Myers Fire Department in 1985. With over 30 years experience in fire suppression, Ed has been a Firefighter, Engineer, and Company Officer, promoting to Battalion Chief in 2016, now Division Chief of Fire Prevention. Ed has also been a successful entrepreneur in real estate investment, small business, and has held several sub-contracting licenses in Lee County. These experiences have combined to be indispensable values in the very public role of Fire Marshal.

The Division Chief’s formal education includes an Associate in Fire Science from Edison State; a BAS in Public Safety Management from Edison State; a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University. As well, Chief Steffens is a Certified Special District Manager through Florida State University and the Florida Association of Special Districts. He has made several trips to the capitol speaking to Florida legislators on behalf of Iona McGregor Fire District.

Ed and his family reside in the Daniels corridor area of Ft Myers. He is married to his wife of 30 years, Diane Steffens. He has two grown sons; Sean and CJ. Ed is active in his community as president of an HOA, community service projects, ordained minister, and Chaplain. Ed enjoys traveling, golf, and has a particular passion for American muscle cars.

Community Relations & Education Coordinator

Lauri McMahon

lmcmahon@ionafire.com

Lauri McMahon has been employed at I.M.F.D. since April 2004. Prior to her employment, she was a Lee County Public School District Teacher for 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Barry University. She has attended the Florida State Fire College and the National Fire Academy for the basic and advanced PIO courses. She is a member of the Incident Management Team for large incidents in Lee County, the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition, the Florida Association of Public Information Officers and Life Safety Educators, the National Information Officers’ Association, the Lee County Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Lee County Fire Marshals’ and Inspectors’ Association, and an Affiliate with the Initial Life Support Foundation. She is an instructor with the American Heart Association, the Community Emergency Response Team, and a Florida State certified car seat technician. She has resided in Fort Myers since 1989, is married, and has one daughter, two step-daughters, and a grandson.

Inspector

Robert Newcomb

Inspector

Jackielou Mozes

Jackielou Mozes has been an inspector with Iona since April 2004. She is currently obtaining her BS in Administration at Barry University. She obtained her EMT license from Edison State College in 2009 and graduated from the Fort Myers Fire Academy in 2014 with her Firefighter II certificate. She is a member of the Florida Fire Marshals’ & Inspectors’ Association and the Lee County Fire Marshals’ & Inspectors’ Association. She is married to Steve Mozes (STFD), has one child & three stepchildren and lives in Fort Myers.

Inspector

Philip Daniels