Chief’s Corner







On July1 2016, the Board of Fire Commissioners appointed Matthew Scott to the position of Fire Chief. Chief Scott had served as Assistant Chief since March 13, 2007.

Chief Scott was born and raised in Norwood, a small town in Massachusetts. His fire career started as a volunteer with the Sanibel Fire Control District in 1989.

In 1987, Chief Scott moved to Florida to pursue opportunities in a new area. As a young 20 something he found several professions including building construction while also working at Bailey’s General Store to make ends meet. In early 1989 Chief Scott began with the Sanibel Fire Control District as a volunteer.

In August of 1993, Chief Scott was hired by Sanibel Fire Control District as a Firefighter/EMT and has served in many positions at Sanibel Fire Rescue over the past twenty some years. Chief Scott is the current Vice-President of the Lee County Fire Chief’s Association and a member of many other professional organizations. Chief Scott is also profoundly involved with the local Incident Management Team that responds to incidents within Lee County as well as state wide if needed. Chief Scott holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. Chief Scott holds certifications as Fire Officer IV, Fire Safety Inspector II, Fire Service Instructor II, and Fire Investigator I.

Chief Scott is married to Lisa, who is also a public servant, as an EMT for Lee County EMS since 2001, with four children Thomas, Trevor, Kylie and Kyle, and several grandchildren.

Chief Scott is a committed and determined individual who demands excellence not only from himself but from his staff, all who respond to 911 calls. “Sanibel is a unique community with tremendous pride and integrity, both traits that I strive to live by while also providing the excellence that the District’s citizenry and personnel deserve; things are ever changing in the fire service and it is my responsibility to see that Sanibel is on the forefront of those changes”.

Chief Scott may be reached by calling (239)472-5525.