14575 Collier Blvd, Naples, FL
Phone (239) 348-7540
Fax (239) 348-7546
J Nolan SappFire Chief
J Nolan Sapp
Fire Chief Sapp began his career in Taylor County, Kentucky in 1978 where he worked as a firefighter and police officer. He left in 1991 and moved to Naples to begin a career with North Naples Fire District; rising through the ranks to Captain.
He joined the Golden Gate Fire District in 2002 as the District’s first Deputy Chief of Operations. He was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations in 2008 and the Assistant Chief of Administration duties were turned over to him in January 2011.
Fire Chief Sapp is actively involved with county CAD and radio communications, fire operations and the Collier County Fire Chiefs’ Association. He is the Collier County Coordinator as a component of the State of Florida State Emergency Response Plan (SERP) through the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association. Chief Sapp is also the Chief of Operations and is primarily responsible for fire operations, communications, and responses of special operations units. He also serves on many local committees.
Chris TobinDeputy Chief
Deputy Chief Christian Tobin has been serving the community since 1999. He began his career with Golden Gate Fire-Rescue of that year and has continuously served as a firefighter with increasing responsibilities and rank. Serving as a Firefighter-Paramedic, Christian Tobin has held the positions of Firefighter, Driver-Engineer, Lieutenant, Battalion Commander (Captain), Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief of Operations, and currently Deputy Chief of Operations, Training, Policy, and Labor Management .
Deputy Chief Christian Tobin’s educational accomplishments consist of a Masters in Public Administration from Hodges University, Bachelors in Emergency Management from Edison State College, and Associate Degrees in Fire Science and Emergency Medicine. He has earned a Florida Fire Officer IV certification and a State of Florida Paramedic license.
Before joining the fire service, Deputy Chief Christian Tobin served honorably in the United States Marine Corps as an Air Support Operations Operator. He enjoys recreational ice hockey, reading, and military history during his off-duty time.
Rob LowAssistant Chief
Assistant Chief Rob Low brings over 23 years of Fire, Emergency Services and Emergency Management experience to the Fire District. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Petersburg College in Public Safety Administration.
He served as member of the Florida Fire Training Directors Association, performed as a SERP regional coordinator, and has been a fire service instructor at local, state, and national venues.
Assistant Chief Low has served as the Training Chief for Monroe County Fire Rescue, City of Tamarac, and as Course Manager for the Center for Domestic Preparedness Hazardous Materials Training, Incident Command, and Instructor Certification programs.
Alan McLaughlinAssistant Chief/Logistics
Assistant Chief Alan McLaughlin brings 40 years of fire rescue experience to the Fire District. He worked his way through the ranks with the City of Naples Fire Rescue achieving the rank of Chief of Administration. He has served as an Assistant Chief in three fire departments in Burningtown-Itola Fire Rescue, Golden Gate Fire Rescue District, and Isles of Capri Fire Rescue. He served for nine years as the Fire Chief of the Ochopee Fire Control and Rescue District. He was project manager for I.S.O. schedule reduction taking Isles of Capri and Ochopee Fire from a rating of seven to four. McLaughlin also served as an instructor for the Naples Fire training Center from 1993 to 2004. He also served as a Fire Service Consultant from 1999 to 2002.
He is Homeland Security CHII certified, has a degree in Fire Administration, Ministry, studied at Barry University for Public Administration, and is a graduate of the Florida State Certified Public Manager Program.
As a Logistic Section Chief he is responsible for facilities, small tools & equipment, information technology, research & development and quarter master.
Shawn HansonAssistant Chief / Fire & Life Safety
Assistant Chief Shawn Hanson has been a dedicated, contributing member of the Fire Service Profession for more than 16 years. She currently leads as Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal over the Fire & Life Safety Section of The Greater Naples Fire Rescue District. Proven performance and experience in various leadership roles have led her to where she is today.
In August, 2001, she began her career as the Fire Prevention Specialist for the City of Naples Fire – Rescue Department. She transitioned to the role of full-time Fire Inspector and Firefighter for the Immokalee Fire Control District in October, 2004, and then in October, 2005, she joined the East Naples Fire Control & Rescue District, where she worked her way through the ranks of Fire Inspector/Firefighter, Lieutenant Inspector, and Captain. During her tenure as Captain over the East Naples Fire Prevention Bureau, the District entered into an agreement to combine Fire Prevention Services with the Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District. Soon after, Assistant Chief Hanson was named the Division Chief/Fire Marshal for the combined districts. An agreement was also established for her to serve as the Collier County Fire Marshal, managing the Isles of Capri, Ochopee, and Unincorporated Collier County communities respectively, while maintaining supervisory authority over fire plans review. While serving in this capacity, Deputy Chief Hanson changed the District’s overall approach to fire inspections to a more customer friendly, full-service Fire & Life Safety Branch, thus greatly improving relationships and fire safety education within the communities served by the District.
Assistant Chief Hanson was awarded the 2014 Fire Marshal of the Year designation by the Florida Fire Marshals & Inspectors Association. In 2015, not only was she awarded with a Fire Commendation by the Local Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, but she was also recognized as the State of Florida Fire Marshal of the Year by Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater. In 2016 Deputy Chief Hanson was proudly designated as the Florida Fire Chief’s Association Fire Marshal of the Year and was awarded the Tenzinga Excellence in Leadership Award, Leader of the Year for the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District.
Along with her ongoing, daily responsibilities as Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal, she continues to demonstrate her leadership abilities in many capacities. As a selected member of the Florida Fire Sprinkler Coalition, Deputy Chief Hanson serves as the Legislative Committee Chair. She actively participates as a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as a primary technical committee member for Fundamentals of Combustible Dusts, as well as serving as an alternate on two NFPA technical committees for Assembly Occupancies, she serves as the President of the Collier County Fire Marshals’ Association, and is a proud participate in multiple International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) committees and programs, including being one of fourteen international members of the IAFC’s Diversity and Executive Development Program (iDELP) and she is a graduate of the Florida Fire & Emergency Service Foundation Emergency Services Leadership Institute.
With her ongoing dedication and performance, Assistant Chief Hanson exemplifies the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District’s mission of protecting life and property by providing emergency response services and education for the residents, businesses, and visitors of our community.
Caleb MorrisDivision Chief/Special Operations
Division Chief Caleb Morris began his career in the fire service as a volunteer with the Ochopee Fire Control and Rescue District in 1997. His transition to a full time fire career at Ochopee began in 1998. He was promoted throughout the years to the rank of Assistant Chief.
Division Chief Morris is a State Certified Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, and EMT. He also holds numerous Leadership certificates from the National Fire Academy as well as various wildland certifications. He is a licensed United States Coast Guard boat captain, and is also a certified Rescue Diver.
Chief Morris serves as the Special Operations Chief, overseeing the District’s Marine Emergency Response Team, Hazardous Materials, Technical Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, and Dive Teams.
When Chief Morris is not on duty he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.
Kevin NelmesDivision Chief/ EMS
Division Chief Kevin Nelmes is a certified Florida Firefighter/Paramedic currently assigned to the Professional Development Section as a Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the Training/Special Operations Division(s) for the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District – located in Naples, Florida. Chief Nelmes has devoted himself 100% to the Education and Life Safety of the residents and visitors of the Naples Community for the past 20 years. He has extensive experience in the fire service, emergency medical services (EMS), including Wildland Firefighting and Emergency Response to Natural Disasters around the world. His recent activities include deployment to the Florida Panhandle in support of Hurricane Michael victims (October, 2018) and Hurricane Irma (September, 2017). Chief Nelmes also serves as a member of Special Operations supporting many of Florida’s State Response Teams in fire operations, task force leadership, Hazardous Materials Technician-HAZMAT, Maritime Emergency Response Team (MERT), and most recently appointed to Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Region 6 Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF) Communications Focus Group.
Chief Nelmes is also an Adjunct Professor for Hodges University – Paramedic Program; Florida Southwestern College (FSW) Fire/EMS Programs; Training Center Faculty (TCF) for Physicians Regional Healthcare System; and Landmark Hospital Education Department – Medical Emergency Team (MET). His primary audience for instruction include healthcare professionals such as first responders, law enforcement, military personnel, allied healthcare professionals, and children with developmental disabilities. Chief Nelmes also provides Advanced Levels of Instruction to Medical Doctors (MDs), Advanced Registered Nurse Practioners (ARNPs), and Physicians Assistants (PAs).
Chief Nelmes is a frequent speaker for many Faith-based support groups, Women’s Shelter, Christian Missionaries, Anti-Human Trafficking groups, and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Teams. Chief Nelmes has a passion for helping others in need, regardless of location. He lives in Naples, Florida, loves the beach and ocean, is interested in rock music, photography, training working dogs, woodworking, and is trying to learn how to paint better.