Command Staff

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North Collier Fire & Rescue Home

James M. Cunningham

Fire Chief

A fire explorer at the age of 14 in New York state, Chief Cunningham always knew he wanted to be in the fire service.  After moving to Naples, Cunningham began his career with the District in 1997 as a firefighter. Since then, his strong leadership skills have continually propelled his progression through the ranks to his current position as Fire Chief.

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Sal D’Angelo III

Executive Director

Sal D’Angelo is a seasoned fire service executive and is the current Executive Director for the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District. Since 1994, Chief D’Angelo has worked in the public sector as a Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Management/Budget Analyst, Health/Safety and Environmental Officer, Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director.

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Eloy Ricardo

Assistant Chief Life Safety & Prevention

Chief Ricardo joined the District in January 2001 as a Firefighter, moving up through the ranks to Engineer, Acting Lieutenant and to his current position of Assistant Chief of Life Safety and Prevention. In this position, Chief Ricardo oversees all of the District’s life safety and prevention programs as well as fire inspections and plan review.

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Jorge Aguilera

Assistant Chief of EMS & Training

Jorge Aguilera is the Assistant Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Training for the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District. Since 1985, Chief Aguilera has been involved in the profession of delivering Emergency Medical Services to the area beginning with Collier County Emergency Medical Services as a Paramedic and rising through the ranks to Lt. Paramedic, Flight Medic and the Division Chief of Training.

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John McMahon, Jr.

Assistant Chief of Operations

McMahon’s career in the fire service began in 1973 as a volunteer firefighter for the Hicksville Fire Department in Hicksville, New York. He transitioned south to Florida in 1980 and worked thirty years, retiring from South Trail Fire Protection and Rescue Service District in 2010 as Deputy Fire Chief of Operations. 

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Ben Van Klingeren

Chief Financial Officer

A licensed CPA with a Master’s degree in Accounting/Taxation, Ben’s experience is well suited to the needs of North Collier Fire with years of experience in the accounting industry, including other special independent fire districts. 

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