Training Division

Our mission and goal is to ensure that all personnel receive appropriate levels of instruction in all aspects of the job.

The Training Division provides numerous types of training that includes one-on-one instruction, videotapes, CDs, hands-on training, and inviting outside vendors and guest lecturers to teach specialty classes. The Training Division itself spends quite a bit of time providing personal training or course delivery.

Recently, we have instituted training methods such as on-line training and teleconferencing; a new 3-level search and rescue/entrapment escape/confidence building maze in the training tower; Vo-Tech courses for internal and external personnel, just to name a few. In 2009, the Training Division completed the creation and construction of new training props for hazmat training in the tower.

The typical amount of training held throughout the year includes 12,470 hours of EMS training, 13,920 hours of fire-relayed training, and 5500 hours of miscellaneous training (Haz-Mat, TRT, and Water Ops).

Training Staff

Division Chief of Training

Joel Guzman

DC Guzman began his career in public safety in September of 1995, when he was hired as an Emergency Medical Technician for Lee County EMS. He quickly promoted to the position of Paramedic and remained employed at Lee County EMS for five years. While providing emergency medical care in Lee County, Florida, alongside many fire department staff, DC Guzman became interested in the fire service. On February of 2000, DC Guzman was hired by Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue District, where he became certified as a Florida Firefighter.

DC Guzman transitioned to the Iona McGregor Fire District in 2003, where he has enjoyed a successful career. DC Guzman has promoted through the ranks and has served in the positions of Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and now Division Chief. DC Guzman also had the honor and privilege of being elected as a Fire Commissioner for an Independent Fire District, in Florida. He held the position of secretary/treasurer for the Fire Board.

He has continuously found ways to improve his skills, knowledge and ability through training and education. He holds a Bachelors in Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Administration from Barry University. DC Guzman also holds degrees in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services Technology from Florida Southwestern State College. He has been married for twenty-two years and has two daughters.

Prior to being assigned to lead the Training Division, DC Guzman was the Division Chief of Logistics from June of 2015 to May of 2019.

Training Captain

Brian Crisman

Brian Crisman started his career with the Iona McGregor Fire District in 2001.  Brian has served the community and the district as a Firefighter/EMT until 2003 when he achieved the position of Firefighter/Paramedic.  In 2016 Brian was promoted to the position of Training Captain.

The Training Captain works under the general supervision of the Division Chief of Training and serves as an instructor trainer for the district.  Brian is one of the primary developers of programs and courses as well as an instructor for the organization.  In this role the Training Captain develops and delivers a variety of fire, medical, and special operations training to firefighters, drivers, and officers of the organization. Brian also administers the districts credentialing program and manages the districts medical supplies and equipment.

Brian is a veteran of the United States Army where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division.  Brian has also had the pleasure to be an instructor at the Fort Myers Fire Academy since 2013.  Brian has an Associates in Emergency Medical Technology and is currently completing a Bachelors in Business Administration.  In his spare time Brian enjoys drawing, reading and physical fitness.  Brian has been married for 15 years to his wife Melissa and they have 2 beautiful daughters.