Community Risk Reduction Division


The Community Risk Reduction Division operates under the direction of the Fire Marshal. Its mission is to improve public safety and decrease loss of life and property through effective public education, fire inspections, and enforcement programs.

Department Functions

The Captain of the Fire Prevention Bureau, under the direction of the Fire Marshal, Captain Paul Langel, supervises three related functions: Plans Review, Fire Inspections and Fire Investigations.

Division Chief Paul Langel
Fire Marshal Captain Paul Langel

Fire Marshal

Division Chief Paul Langel was born in Ft. Pierce and is a proud graduate of Saint Anastasias Elementary and John Carroll High. He was hired by the Fire District in 1997 and has proudly served the citizens of St. Lucie County for 23 years.  As Fire Marshal in the Community Risk Reduction Division, he provides mentorship and professional development, and participates in the budget planning and administrative process. This administrative level position is responsible for providing oversight of the following areas: code enforcement, fire investigations, site plan development, building plan review, public education, and the ISO process.  His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University and an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Indian River State College.  

Captain Langel has attended the Managing Officer Program at the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  He is a graduate of the Staff and Command Class through the University of Maryland Fire College. He is a certified Lifesafety Inspector I/II, Certified Fire and Explosive Investigator, and a State of Florida Fire Codes Administrator.   He is one of 189 internationally designated Fire Marshals through the Center of Public Safety Excellence and holds the rank of MiFireE designation through the Institution of Fire Engineers.    

Tony Jerger Plans Examiner
Tony Jerger, Plans Examiner

Plans Review

Tony Jerger is the Fire District's full-time Plans Examiner,  Tony is responsible for ensuring that all new commercial construction, multi-family residential construction, and fire protection system plans are reviewed for fire and building code compliance prior to the issuance of permits.
The Plans Examiner works closely with his counterparts in the Building Departments of the City of Fort Pierce, the City of Port St. Lucie and St. Lucie County in order to maintain consistent standards across jurisdictional boundaries.

Fire Inspections & Investigations

The Division staffs five State-certified Fire Safety Inspectors. Each of the inspectors is responsible for inspecting both new and existing commercial and multi-family residential occupancies for life safety compliance throughout the county. 

These dual-function personnel also perform Fire Investigations. In this role, each of the investigators is responsible for determining the origin and cause of all fires that occur within the District. The Bureau, also called the Fire Marshal's Office, works closely with the State Fire Marshal's Office when investigating and prosecuting arson cases.

Inspector Investigator Jesse Almand
Investigator  K9 Handler  Joseph Cox
Lieutenant Salomon Rincon
Inspector/Investigator Lieutenant Jesse Almand772-621-3385

Inspector/Investigator Joe Cox
Inspector/Investigator Lieutenant Salomon Rincon

Lieutenant Wayne Boyer
Inspector Investigator Brian Putnum
Camy the Accelerant Detection Canine

Inspector/Investigator Lieutenant Wayne Boyer

Inspector/Investigator Brian Putnam
Camy the Accelerant Detection Canine 
Handled by Inspector/Investigator Joe Cox

Any company wishing to submit plans for Fire Alarm, Fire Sprinkler or Fire Suppression must be registered with The Compliance Engine database.
Plans from companies not registered will not be processed until registration is complete and verified. Visit

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Kelly Machado Administrative Assistant

Kelly Machado
Community Risk Reduction Administrative Assistant
Phone: 772-621-3344
Fax: 772-621-3604