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The Tice Fire and Rescue District is governed by an elected Board of Fire Commissioners whom reside in the District. The Board is comprised of five members who serve four year terms. They are governed by the District's enabling legislation. The Fire Commissioners do not take part in the day-to-day operation of the Fire District or the hiring of additional employees. Those responsibilities belong to the Fire Chief.The Board currently meets monthly to conduct their business on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Tice Station located at 9351 Workmen Way.Commissioners can be contacted via the Administrative Office at: 9351 Workmen Way., Ft. Myers, FL 33905. (239) 694-2380

Current Commissioners:

Seat 1; 2022-2026

Carolyn Miller

Seat 2; 2020-2024


Seat 3; 2022-2026

Ted Pickering Sr., Vice Chair

Seat 4; 2020-2024

TJ Cannamela, Chair

Seat 5; 2022-2026

James Burgess, Secretary/Treasurer



The administration of the District's personnel, physical assets, financial affairs, and planning is led by the Fire Chief. The District's Fire Chief is Ted Ross. Chief Ross started his career with the District in 1994 as a Volunteer Firefighter. In August of 2013, he was appointed to the rank of Fire Chief. He can be reached by phone at (239) 694-2380 ext. 101 or (239) 694-0343 or send him an email from our Contact Form.


Michael Runk serves as the District's Assistant Fire Chief. Assistant Chief Runk began his career with the District as a volunteer firefighter in July of 1990. He has served in each rank and was promoted to Assistant chief in October of 2022. He can be reached by phone at (239) 694-2380 ext. 102 or or send him an email from our Contact Form.


The Combat Division is the District's largest division. The Combat Division is comprised of three shifts. Persons assigned to this division work a 24/48 hour shift. They report to work at 7:00 a.m. and work a 24 hour tour. They are then normally off for the next 48 hours. Each shift is comprised of a Battalion Chief, three Engineers, and four Firefighters. Combat personnel respond to emergencies, train for various emergency situations, maintain the stations and equipment, conduct company inspections, and assist with public education activities


Fire Suppression – Structural fires, vehicle fires, and wild land/brush firesEmergency Medical Services - Medical and trauma emergenciesVehicle accidents/entrapmentSpecial operations - Confined spaces, Canal/Waterway rescue, and Hazardous Material Incidents


Inspection and maintenance of our apparatus and equipment, Training, Annual Business Fire Inspections, New Construction Fire Inspections,  Pre-fire planning of buildings, Street mapping, Fire Hydrant Maintenance, Public Education assignments, Routine house cleaning and maintenance of our fire stations, Physical fitness training. The members of the Combat Division are represented by the Southwest Florida Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics, Local 1826 IAFF Inc., District 8


Tice Fire Protection and Rescue District History

In October of 1971 the Lee County Board of Commissioners started a department known as Lee County Fire Control. Prior to that date the County contracted with the City of Fort Myers for fire protection. Lee County Fire Control served the unincorporated areas of the County excepting Cape Coral, Bonita, Lehigh Acres, Ft. Myers Beach, North Fort Myers, Iona-McGregor, Pine Island, Sanibel, Captiva, and Boca Grande. This department had three (3) stations with paid personnel located at Page Field, South Trail, and Tice.

The area surrounding the Tice station had a Class Eight (8) Insurance Services Office rating, while Dunbar and Buckingham were rated as Class Ten (10). The Tice Fire Protection & Rescue Services District was created by the state legislature subject to referendum of the voters in the District. This took place in 1976. The District encompassed approximately 44 sq. miles. The District requested an insurance rating review. The area surrounding the Tice and Dunbar stations improved to a Class Six (6) Insurance Services Office rating, and the Buckingham area was improved to a Class Nine (9).

The District included a wide variety of property uses. There were heavy industry areas in Dunbar and medium industry in the Ortiz Ave. area. When the interstate was completed, the Luckett Rd.- Interstate 75 area was developed into an industrial area. Palm Beach Blvd. was the major commercial area in the District. Residential areas comprise the remaining Dunbar and Tice areas. These are normally one and two family dwelling units with paved streets, water, and sewer services. The Buckingham area was more "rural" in character. Vacant parcels were widespread on the southern and the eastern areas of the District.

The District boundaries included five public schools, Lee County Mosquito Control District, the State of Florida's Gulf Coast Center, and numerous other county properties, including its landfill. In the 1990's, Lee County completed construction of a $200,000,000 resource recovery incinerator and also constructed their recycle facility within the Tice Fire District. These properties were exempted from taxation by the District because of state statutes.

Through the years the city of Fort Myers has annexed significant vacant tracts of land. In March of 2003 the voters of the Dunbar and Bell Vue enclaves voted to become part of Fort Myers. This removed two public schools and one fire station from the District's jurisdiction.

On July 1, 2016, the Insurance Services Office (ISO) concluded its review of the fire suppression features being provided for/by the Tice Fire Protection and Rescue Services District. The resulting community classification is Class 2/10. The first class (e.g. “2” in a 4/10) applies to properties within 5 road miles of a recognized fire station and within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant or alternate water supply.

(Alternate Water Supply): The first class (e.g. “2” in a 2/10) applies to properties within 5 road miles of a recognized fire station with no hydrant distance requirements. Class 10 applies to properties over 5 road miles of a recognized fire station.

This new classification means that all property which is located within 5 road miles from the Tice Station or Buckingham Station has a Property Protection Class (PPC) of 2. A letter to provide to your insurance company can be found in the “Important Docs” page.

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