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.