Ed Steffens, Division Chief, Iona Fire
As Division Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau Ed serves as Fire Marshal for the Iona McGregor Fire district; charged with community risk reduction and the pre-incident Fire and Life Safety concerns of the residents and visitors to the 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’s work with in-building communications systems began in 2016 creating a single consistent county wide guideline for plans review and installation of BDAs for 20 neighboring jurisdictions. Ed joined the Safer Building Coalition as an AHJ in 2020. Ed has been involved with their No Noise task Force, “start with the end in mind” work group. Most recently has completed participation with the question writing for NSPE/NICET; level II - In-Building Public Safety Communications.
A 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 community concerns for the Iona McGregor Fire District.