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.