Tracy McMillion, Fire Chief
Chief Tracy “TMAC” McMillion graduated from Mid-Florida Tech Fire Academy in Central Florida in 1994 and served briefly as a volunteer for Eatonville Fire Rescue in Eatonville, Florida. In 1996, Tracy was hired by the City of Fort Myers Fire Department where he proudly served as a Firefighter/Paramedic until 2003 when he joined a neighboring fire district, Iona McGregor Fire District. Tracy’s advancement was propelled forward when he was promoted to Training Captain in 2014, then Battalion Chief of Training in 2015, and then Division Chief of Training in 2016. Tracy faithfully served in each of these positions. In March of 2019, Tracy rejoined the City of Fort Myers Fire Department as Deputy Fire Chief. Later that that year, in November, he was appointed to Interim Fire Chief, and December, Fire Chief.
Chief McMillion has an A.S. Degree in Fire Service Technology, an A.S. Degree in Emergency Medical Technology, a B.S. in Management and a Master’s in Administration. Chief McMillion’s philosophy is simple, live and lead as an example, treat everyone with respect and make every encounter meaningful. Tracy is a dedicated husband, proud father and an engaged grandfather.
James Hayden, Deputy Chief of Administration
Deputy Chief James Hayden began his career with the City of Fort Myers Fire Department in 2006. Prior to joining the fire department, Chief Hayden held positions in the construction industry as a project manager and in real estate as a Florida licensed real estate broker. Chief Hayden received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Hodges University in 2005 and continues furthering his education in Public Administration. Additionally, Chief Hayden holds several fire certifications including Fire Officer and Florida State Safety Officer. As a member of the Lee County Fire Chiefs Association, Chief Hayden serves on the Communications and Technology Committee ensuring all districts can benefit from each other with respect to applications and technology. Chief Hayden is a Fort Myers native and spent most of his upbringing on Sanibel Island. Now, in his spare time, he enjoys traveling to various camp sites throughout the state with his family and appreciating the outdoors.
Lance Pullen, Deputy Chief of Operations
Chief Pullen was born in Trenton, NJ, and moved to the sunshine state as a child. Before the fire service, Lance worked in the construction industry for 10 years. He is married with 2 children who all enjoy relaxing and spending quality family time together. Chief Pullen has held the previous ranks of Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer/Paramedic, and Captain/Paramedic. His progression through the ranks has been supplemented by a BS in Human Resources and a MA in Administration. He currently serves as the Safety Officer for the fire department and is working towards his Chief Fire Officer Designation through the Center of Public Safety Excellence.
Valerie Leitschuh, Assistant Chief of Accreditation & Professional Standards
Chief Leitschuh has been with the Fort Myers Fire Department since 1992. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and visiting new places with her family. She is a third-generation firefighter and respectfully acknowledges her Father Jim, husband Gordy, a Phoenix Fire Captain, and brother Alan, a Fort Myers Firefighter. She holds an AS in Fire Science Technology, BS, and currently completing her MA in Human Resources Development and Administration from Barry University. She has attended the National Fire Academy in Emittsburg, MD, for classes ranging from Hazardous Materials to Public Relations. Over 29 years with the department Chief Leitschuh was the first female to hold the ranks of Engineer, Captain, and Division Chief in the history of the department. She is the recipient of the City of Fort Myers Employee of the Year award for 2018.
David Jacobs, Battalion Chief
Chief Jacobs was born and raised in Cape Coral, FL. He has been with the Fort Myers Fire Department since 2004 and currently holds the position of Battalion Chief. He is married with 2 kids, spending much of his free time at the softball or soccer fields.
Chief Jacobs has an A.S. Degree in Fire Science, an A.S. Degree in Emergency Medical Services, a B.A.S Degree in Public Administration, and a Masters in Administration. He also holds the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) and graduated in 2018 from the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program held at the National Fire Academy.
George Camargo, Division Chief of Operations & Training
Chief Camargo was born in Puerto Rico. At a young age he moved with his family to Miami, Florida after hurricane David destroyed the family home. In high school he fell in love with the game of football. He worked his way up to starting linebacker and one of the team’s captains. After high school he attended Wagner College in Staten Island, New York where he enjoyed winning a football NCAA national championship. After suffering an offseason injury, he returned home and decided to join a different team. A team his grandfather had been a part of in his mother’s home country of Panama. Chief Camargo was really attracted to the fire service as in many ways it paralleled his favorite sport. The team concept, physically demanding work, heavy gear, the family atmosphere, and helping others…was a fit made in heaven. In 1991 he attended the Florida State Fire College. In 1992 he started with the City of Fort Myers Fire Department with plans of going back to Miami, but his plans quickly changed when he felt at home and a sense of belonging with the FMFD. Chief Camargo worked his ways through the ranks being the first Hispanic to hold the rank of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, and Division Chief in the history of the department. He holds an AS in Fire Science Technology and brings 30 years of experience to our team. He enjoys coaching and developing both on and of the fire ground. He has great passion for the “Job” and often claims “it is the best job in the world.”
Todd Burik, Fire Training Manager
Todd Burik has been with the Fort Myers Fire Department since 2013 and is a 27-year veteran of the fire service, all of which have been local. He is a native to the Fort Myers area, where he currently lives with his wife and two children. Todd had the opportunity to attend the Fort Myers Fire Academy, then return as an instructor, where he taught minimum standards and advanced fire classes for 15 years. He enjoys the position in the training division because it allows him to get out of the office and be involved in the day to day training and operations of the department.
Juan Salinas, Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Health & Safety
Division Chief Juan Salinas was born and raised in Homestead, FL and is a proud father to Mckenzie, Sophia and Gabriel. Chief Salinas, moved to Labelle back in 2000 were he attended and graduated from Labelle High School in 2002. After graduation, Division Chief Salinas entered the EMS program at FSW and became an EMT in 2003. He then entered the Fort Myers Academy where he received the 2003 Class of Fall Brass Nozzle Award for the highest GPA in his Academy class. Chief Salinas was employed with Collier County EMS form 2004-2005 as an EMT-B where he served the citizens of Naples and Immokalee. He has been a member of the Fort Myers Fire Department since 2005 where he rose through the ranks becoming a credentialed paramedic, Engineer, Captain and Acting BC. He proudly served the Downtown and MLK district while stationed at FMFD Station 1 for 12 years. At his time at FMFD Station 1, he responded to high priority medical and fire related incidents and was also a member of the Hazmat and TRT team.
Division Chief Salinas is an Incident Safety officer and is currently becoming the Departments Health and Safety officer. Chief Salinas currently holds an AS degree in EMS and is currently completing his Bachelors in Fire Administration with future plans to enter the master’s program.
Rick Reynolds, Fire Marshal
Fire Marshal Reynolds started in the City of Fort Myers in August of 2005 after serving in a fire district for 25 years retiring as an Assistant Fire Chief. After working up the ranks of fire prevention with the Fort Myers Fire Department, he became the Fire Marshal in 2019. Rick have a BS in Fire Science/Fire Investigation. He is married and has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. In is spare time he enjoys the outdoors and his animals on a small hobby farm.
Christopher Mulvey, Assistant Fire Marshal
Assistant Fire Marshal Christopher Mulvey has been with the Fort Myers Fire Department since March of 2019. He moved from Connecticut to the area in 2005, with his wife of 31 years and their two sons. In his free time his hobbies include playing golf and traveling with his family.
Christopher has over 30 years of experience in the fire alarm and fire sprinkler industry. He holds a State of Florida Certified Alarm Contractor I License and is National Institute for Certification in Engineered Technologies (NICET) certified in both Water Based Systems Testing & Inspecting as well as Fire Alarm System Installation & Service.
Suzi Gehris, Fiscal Program Manager
Suzi was born in Kosice, Slovakia and has called Fort Myers home for over ten years. Suzi joined the department in 2018 as a Program & Fiscal Manager. Suzi holds a BS degree in Economics, MA degree in International Relations and European Studies, and a MPhil degree in Political Science. Suzi’s passions include budgeting, data analytics and forecasting. Suzi is an active member of the Florida Government Finance Association and is presently working on obtaining the Certified Government Finance Officer designation. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors with her two children.