Meet Chief Ricardo
As Fire Chief, Eloy Ricardo directs North Collier Fire’s all-hazards response efforts. A fundamental element to Ricardo’s management style is the Service First philosophy that guides him in all aspects of his personal and professional life and provides for the highest level of service to the community he serves.
Ricardo’s history with the District began in 2001 as a Firefighter. His leadership capabilities, coupled with the understanding that the wisest decisions are based on the best interests of the constituents served, propelled him upward through the ranks from Firefighter, Lieutenant, Inspector and Assistant Chief of Life Safety to his current position of Fire Chief. Notable achievements under Ricardo’s command includes the 2014 integration of North Collier and Collier County plans reviewers at the County’s Growth Management office in order to provide one-stop, efficient and seamless service to area residents, builders, and developers. Additionally, in 2010, Ricardo was a driving force behind the development of legislation providing for the voluntary merger of special districts, legislation that later was utilized in the 2015 North Naples Fire-Big Corkscrew Island Fire merger.
Hailing originally from New York state, and then Miami since his youth, Ricardo’s more than two decades of experience as a public servant expands well beyond the confines of North Collier Fire. Affiliations include the Collier County Fire & EMS Chiefs’ Association, Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association, Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Firefighters, Florida Association of Special Districts and the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Moreover, by the nomination of his peers, Ricardo also served as District Vice President for the Florida Professional Firefighters for more than thirteen years.
Understanding the importance of community, Ricardo has volunteered as an assistant football coach at Gulf Coast High School since 2011, leading the school to their first district championship in 2017. This engagement with his community’s youth-inspired Ricardo to create the Helmet to Heroes program that mentors area high school football players interested in fire, EMS or law enforcement to realize careers as first responders. The program has already graduated students from both firefighter and EMT academies. Additionally, Ricardo has assisted on the Executive Board of the Pop Warner Naples Hurricanes Youth Football Association. Beyond the Naples community, Ricardo’s volunteerism included a Florida International Volunteer Corp trip to Nicaragua to teach locals firefighting, an inspirational journey as Ricardo notes.
Recognition includes 2015 and 2018 State of Florida Training Center of Year for which Ricardo oversees as well as the 2017 State of Florida Professional Firefighter of the Year, the first Collier County Firefighter to receive the award.
Chief Ricardo has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University.
Sal D’Angelo III
Meet Director D'Angelo
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. Director D’Angelo possess a Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Director D’Angelo’s professional and academic interests include Public Choice Theory, Organizational Design, Strategic Planning, and Human Relations. Director D’Angelo is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and has lectured throughout the country on topical areas of scale economies/efficiencies and emergency management.
Assistant Chief of EMS & Training
Meet Chief Aguilera
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.
In his current role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the District’s emergency medical service program including quality assurance and compliance with all local, state and federal guidelines. His role also includes oversight and coordination for training for both of the District’s EMS and Operations’ Divisions.
In addition, he is the Chairman of the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District EMS Council, EMS Section Representative of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association Southwest Florida and serves as a community member on the Physicians Regional Medical Center Board of Trustee’s. Chief Aguilera has also served as Chairman of the Collier County Injury Prevention Coalition,
Chief Aguilera earned an Associate in Science Degree in Emergency Medical Technology from Edison State College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Hodges University.
John McMahon, Jr.
Assistant Chief of Operations
Meet Chief McMahon
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.
McMahon has also been a fire service instructor since 1988, working for the Fort Myers Fire Academy, and Florida Southwest College. In 2010 after his retirement from South Trail Fire, he founded Emergency Response Training Concepts, which has expanded his teaching to enrich emergency service agencies and personnel around Southwest Florida. McMahon is an Adjunct Professor with Florida Southwestern State College and holds a degree in Fire Science from Florida Southwestern State College. He is also a State of Florida EMT and Fire Officer.
Ben Van Klingeren
Chief Financial Officer
Meet CFO Van Klingeren
A licensed CPA with a Master’s degree in Accounting/Taxation, Ben’s experience is well suited to the needs of North Collier Fire having more than fifteen years in the accounting industry, most recently as Director of Finance & Regulatory Compliance with a non-profit health center in Ft. Myers.
Prior to that, Ben worked for five years as the Finance Manager at Lehigh Acres Fire Rescue, an independent special district like NCFR. There during the most recent recession, Ben stabilized the District during extreme decreases in ad valorem revenue.
Ben’s background also includes five years as a government/non-profit auditor with Tuscan & Associates, the auditing firm for NCFR. Ben’s history with Tuscan includes work auditing North Naples Fire finances.
Ben hails from southwest Florida and has been married for 13 years to Cheryl, a grade school friend! Cheryl and Ben have two children, Jacob who is 12 and Braden who is 9.
Dena Rader, CPM, B.S., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Deputy Director of Human Resources
Meet Director Rader
Dena Rader brings more than 35 years of diverse background and experience in private sector, non-profit and public sector businesses. She has more than 18 years of experience in her chosen profession of human resources. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business from California Coast University.
Her public service started in Tallahassee in 1992 working for the State of Florida for the Departments of Environmental Protection, Community Affairs and Children and Family Services. Dena moved to Naples in 2013 from Plantation, Florida.
She is active within her community by volunteering for the Society for Human Resource Management and HR Florida’s local affiliate chapter, HR Collier. She has served on this board since 2013 in various capacities that include Website Director, Diversity Director, Treasurer, President-Elect and currently as President. Dena helped found the local CPM chapter for Southwest Florida and served as their first Chapter President.
She holds certifications with SHRM as a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) and with the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR), as well as a Certified Public Manager (CPM).
Dena embraces every opportunity to learn and grown in knowledge and experience and to share her insight and best practices with managers, supervisors and leaders.