(239) 694-2833

Board of Fire Commissioners

The Fort Myers Shores Fire Protection and Rescue Service District Board of Fire Commissioners is governed by five elected officials who oversee the direction of the Fort Myers Shores Fire Department and ensure the proper use of taxpayer dollars for the operation of the Fort Myers Shores Fire District.

The Fire Commissioners are tasked with hiring the Fire Chief and providing the Chief with guidance and oversight. In addition, the Fort Myers Shores Fire Commissioners are responsible for setting the tax millage rate, passing the departments annual budget, and approving policies and procedures for the Fort Myers Shores Fire Department, ensuring its’ fiscal responsibility. The Fire Commissioners do not take part in the day-to-day operation of the Fire District or the hiring of additional employees. Those responsibilities belong to the Fire Chief.

Commissioner Kimball

Honoring Commissioner Kimball

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long-time Fire Commissioner Edward “Ed” Kimball. Commissioner Kimball was a dedicated and highly respected member of the Fort Myers Shores Fire Department family even before being elected to his first term in November 2008. He tirelessly served and supported the Fort Myers Shores community and the fire department from the moment he moved here.        

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The Fort Myers Shores Board of Fire Commissioners:

  1. Commissioner Anita Kressel – Seat 4 
        (Email: kressel@fmsfd.org) 2022-2026
  2. Commissioner James Shewmaker – Seat 1 
        (Email: shewmaker@fmsfd.org) 2022-2024
  3. Commissioner Corey Schneider – Vice Chair – Seat 3
        (Email: schneider@fmsfd.org) 2020-2024
  4. Commissioner Joe Ragen – Secretary/Treasurer – Sea
        (Email: ragen@fmsfd.org) 2022-2026
  5. Commissioner Jon Detzel – Chairman of the Board – Seat 2
        (Email: detzel@fmsfd.org) 2020-2024

Commissioners can be contacted via the Administrative Office at:
12345 Palm Beach Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33905. (239) 694-2833, ext. 1

Board Meetings

The regular monthly meetings of the Fort Myers Shores Fire Commissioners are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month.

The meetings are held at the Crossroads Baptist Church located at 10721 Palm Beach Boulevard (State Road 80), Fort Myers Shores, FL 33905.