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.
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 (CRR) Division which includes; plans review, fire code enforcement (inspections), fire and explosion investigations, water supply, and public education. In addition to CRR, 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.
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. As Deputy Chief of Operations, Mike Merritt supervises all combat personnel, staffing, policy and procedure development in a leadership capacity. Responsibilities include the operational side of the Fire District's Air Rescue program, SWAT Medics, and the Diversity Recruitment Initiative in our Strategic Plan.
As a Deputy Chief, Jeff is the Interim Clerk Treasure and oversees the Finance, HR and IT Divisions.
5160 N. Milner Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
Phone: (772) 621-3332
Fax: (772) 621-3599