St. Lucie County Fire District has four division chiefs. The administrative division chief works a Monday through Friday schedule and rotates as the on call chief. The operations division chiefs work a 24-hour shift schedule and oversee the operations, personnel, and stations on their respective shifts.
The administrative division chief assists in the management, planning and direction of activities to maintain the fire district’s compliance in accordance with all federal, state, and county requirements. Coordinates all aspects of the accreditation program for the purpose of obtaining and maintaining accreditation status.
Division Chief Daniel Mikels has served with the Fire District since 2005. Chief Mikels is the Fire District's Accreditation Manager and is also involved in the ISO process to name a few. Chief Mikels is the Fire District's representative for the Local Emergency Planning Committee, is the Chair of the Employees Health and Welfare Trust, and served as an principal officer for the local labor organization. Chief Mikels participates in policy and procedure development/revisions, professional development and leadership, strategic planning, as well as any other administrative functions.
Chief Mikels served in the Operations Division as a Special Operations Firefighter, Lieutenant assigned to both an engine and aerial, Field Training Officer, and as one of the two Captains for Special Operations. His last role in the Operations Division was as Battalion Chief 4 where he supervised a battalion as well as managed training requirements and overall EMS operations for C Shift.. His education includes a Master's Degree in Public Safety from Capella University and he is a graduate of the prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Operations division chiefs are a component of the fire district's administrative command staff. They are responsible for emergency operations in the county during their shift, which includes; overseeing all battalion chiefs, the communications division, fire stations 1, 6, 11,14, and the field training 1 officers. Division Chief 1 is quartered at fire station 6 and works from the fire district's administrative complex during the day. They respond to complex and escalating emergencies throughout the county. Division Chief 1 also has a primary response area spanning from Indian River Drive to the Okeechobee county line.
Division Chief Ryan Jay
5160 N. Milner Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
Phone: (772) 621-3332
Fax: (772) 621-3599