A Message from Bonita Springs Fire Chief Gregory L. DeWitt
The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District kept up the momentum from 2018 and experienced great successes in 2019. Commissioners Kosilla, Murphy, and Maturo were reelected to serve another four years on the Fire Board, and Commissioner Steven Slachta was appointed to fill Seat 2, which was vacated by Ed FitzGerald. Steve Lohan remained steadfast as Chairman, and the tax rate for the year was lowered to a millage rate of 2.26 per 1,000 in taxable value.
Joseph V. Daigle completed his succession training in 2019. He retired from the District in February of 2020, and Greg DeWitt was appointed by the Board to serve as the next Fire Chief. The District also welcomed a new Fire Marshal, Janet Washburn in 2019.
Our fire stations and facilities received some notable changes in 2019. The September 11 Memorial Park at Fire Station 21 was completed and named to honor the service of Joseph V. Daigle and Steve Lohan. The District celebrated the completion of Fire Station 23 with a Grand Opening and Push-In Ceremony. Also completed in 2019 was the Marine 27 project, a 25-foot Catamaran that is currently in service at Fire Station 27 providing water rescue services to the community. Fire Station 24 was paid off in full.
A new burn-building prop was purchased and installed on the training grounds and has been utilized by fire districts across Lee County.
Throughout 2019, the District continued to make strides in technology and efficiency. The District received a Technology Innovation Award for its Radio Frequency ID system, paperless asset and inventory tracking system, and repeater system on apparatus to enhance emergency response communication where radio coverage was minimal or non-existent. In addition, a lift system was installed at Station 25 to enhance the maintenance of District apparatus and to assist other fire districts with fleet maintenance.
Once again, we look forward to continuing progress with the perpetual focus of achieving excellence in the upcoming year. The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District will continue to seek the most efficient and effective methods of providing emergency response to keep the citizens and visitors of Bonita Springs safe.
In Your Service, Gregory L. DeWitt, Fire Chief
The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District Annual Reports
The Finance Division of Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District
The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District's fiscal year runs October 1 through September 30. Throughout this time, the Finance Division works on the following cyclicle responsibilities: monthly accounts payable, payroll, fincial reporting, yearly budgets, and audits.
The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District works each year with outside, independent auditors who review the District’s financial practices and statements in accordance with Government Auditing Standards. The subsequent report is then submitted to the Auditor General as required by state statute.
The Bonita Springs Control and Rescue District's budget is based upon an annual process that ends September 30th. It is the District’s responsibility to see that it is functioning within the budget established for the fiscal year and to prepare for future spending trends based upon projected needs. The District welcomes public input into the budget process. All public meetings regarding the budget process will be posted.
Contact the Executive Staff of the Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District
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