Deputy Chiefs

Deputy Chief Marti Newport

Deputy Chief Marti Newport was born in Ft. Pierce and is a proud graduate of C.A. Moore Elementary and Ft. Pierce Westwood High. She was hired by the Fire District in 1994 and has proudly served the citizens of St. Lucie County for 25 years. As Deputy Chief of Administration and Professional Standards, she supervises personnel; develops policy and procedures, provides professional development, leadership and participates in the budget planning and management process. This executive level position is responsible for providing oversight of the following areas: Training and Safety Division, Communications Division, Information and Technology (IT), Field Training Instructor Program, International Accreditation, Compliance Program and the Fire District’s Honor Guard.

Her education includes a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College.  In addition, she has an Associate of Arts Degree, an Associate in Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services and an Associate in Science Degree in Fire Science Technology; all awarded from Indian River State College.

Deputy Chief Marti Newport is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She is a designated Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer from the Center of Public Safety Excellence and is a State of Florida Fire Officer I and Fire Instructor III.

Derek Foxx

Deputy Chief Derek Foxx of Support Services is responsible for overseeing the following departments and divisions; Human Resources, Fleet Management, Fire Prevention, Public Education, ISO national rating, and Building & Grounds. This position also assists the Fire Chief with budget management, leadership, employee programs, future Fire District needs, and mentorship of future leaders of the District.

Division Chief Jen Chambers
Deputy Chief Jennifer Chambers began her fire service career at Okeechobee County Fire Rescue in 1996 and was hired by the St. Lucie County Fire District in 1998. Her education includes a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College, and an Associate in Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services from Indian River State College.

Deputy Chief Chambers is a State of Florida certified Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Fire Officer III and Fire Service Instructor III. As the Deputy Chief of Support Services, Chief Chambers is responsible for overseeing the following: The Community Risk Reduction Division (CRRD) which includes; plans review, fire code enforcement (inspections), fire and explosion investigations, water supply, and public education. In addition to CRRD, she oversees the Building & Grounds Department. This position also assists the Fire Chief with budget management, leadership, employee programs, future Fire District needs, and mentorship of future leaders of the Fire District.
Division Chief Mike Merritt
Deputy Chief Mike Merritt began his career here at St. Lucie County Fire District in 1990. His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Chief Merritt has spent his entire career in a combat position within the organization working his way up to the Division Chief position which he serves in today. His duties include overseeing the operations for A-Shift, encompassing emergency service delivery to the community, including emergency medical response, fire suppression, aeromedical responses, special operations responses, and overall personnel and safety management for his shift.
Division Chief Jeff Lee
Deputy Chief Jeff Lee began his career with St. Lucie county Fire District in 1997 after serving in the U.S. Navy where he was trained in Aircraft Firefighting, Shipboard Helicopter Firefighting and Shipboard Firefighting and Flood Control. While employed with the Fire District, Jeff returned to school and received his Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. In 2010, Jeff was awarded the Firefighter of the year and in 2011, the Treasure Coast Fire Chief’s Association named him the Emergency Services Provider of the year. Jeff has served on the SLCFD Health Trust and is currently a member of the SLCFD Pension Trust.

As a Division Chief, Jeff oversees both the Communications and the IT Divisions.

Amy Kwasnicki
Administrative Assistant
5160 N. Milner Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
Phone: (772) 621-3332
Fax: (772) 621-3599
akwasnicki@slcfd.org