Scott A. Titus is the Fire Chief. Scott began his firefighting career in 1990 with the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department and transitioned to a full-time career firefighter when he was hired by the City of North Port Fire Rescue in 1993. During his career he has held positions as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Lieutenant, Minimum Standards Instructor for Nokomis Fire Academy and Sarasota County Technical Institute, Battalion Captain, and most recently, Deputy Chief of Emergency Services.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management with a focus on Public Safety and a Minor in Human Development from Eckerd College. Scott was selected by his peers and awarded the Firefighter of the Year award in 1998. He is currently a State Certified Firefighter and Paramedic; he holds Instructor III certification, Live Fire Instructor I certification, State of Florida Fire Officer I, and is a State-certified Arson Investigator I. Scott also holds Operational level certifications for the State certified Light Technical Rescue Team and teaches focused awareness and Firefighter Survival Operations.
Scott A. Lane, He began his firefighting career in 1979 with the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department and transitioned to a full-time Fire Chief at Nokomis in 1987 and served in that role for 17 years. In 2004 he became the Training Captain for the Englewood Area Fire Control District he was then promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations in2007 and served in that role until 2013 when he was promoted to Fire Chief where he served for six (6) years. He was hired by North Port Fire Rescue in April 2019 as the Deputy Chief of operations.
Scott holds a Associates degree in Fire Science from the State College of Florida, Certified Fire protection Specialist, Chief Fire Office certification, State certified Fire Instructor II, State certified Fire Inspector, State certified Arson Investigator, State certified Fire Officer II, NFA Leadership I, II, & III, State certified EMT, FFCA ELSI graduate and numerous leadership certifications.
Karl Bennett is the Division Chief for Emergency Medical Services. He started in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter in 1985 and became a career firefighter in 1993. His employment with the City of North Port Fire Rescue began in 2006. During his career, he has held the rank of Firefighter/EMT, Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain, Battalion Chief, and now Division Chief.
Karl earned his Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University and his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia Southern University. He holds Florida Certifications as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Instructor, and Pump Operator.
In 2001, Karl received the Membership Marketer of the Year from the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association, in 2002 he was selected as the Town of Longboat Key Fire Rescue Firefighter of the Year and the Manatee County Firefighter of the Year. In 2013 he was selected as the City of North Port Fire Rescue Officer of the Year.
Nick Herlihy is the Captain for Fire/Special Operations Training. Nick was born and raised in Sarasota County and began his fire service career as a volunteer in 2000 and a career firefighter in 2001. He spent most of his career in Manatee County where he worked his way up through the ranks to Captain. He was the Training Captain for fire department operations as well as the Commander for the Manatee County Technical Rescue Team. Nick became a member of North Port Fire Rescue in 2019.
Nick earned his Associates Degree in Fire Science from State College of Florida and is a certified Fire Officer III, Instructor II, Inspector II, Safety Officer, Florida Urban Search and Rescue (FLUSAR) specialist, and Pump Operator. Throughout his career he has been named Fire Fighter of Year (2005), Fire Officer of the year (2012) and Staff Employee of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015).
Over the last decade, he has worked with a specialized team of instructors at the Florida State Fire College teaching techniques on high angle rope rescue, confined space and trench rescue, heavy vehicle and machinery extrication and structural collapse rescue to the United States Military. Nick has also served as a Hands On Instructor at the International Fire Department Instructors Conference since 2014. In 2019, Nick was appointed to the state of Florida’s Firefighters Employment, Standards and Training Council (FFESTC) and the Fire & Emergency Incident Information System Technical Advisory Panel (FFIRS)
Nick and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 15 years and have four children
David Ingalls is the EMS Captain for the North Port Fire Rescue District, is responsible for EMS operations. Dave began with North Port Fire Rescue in 2000 as a Firefighter/EMT before becoming a Paramedic and later a Lieutenant. He has spent the last four years as a Battalion Chief. He previously served for nine years with Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department, rising to the position of Captain. He has also trained firefighter recruits as an instructor at Sarasota County Technical Institute's Fire Science Academy. He has been recognized by his peers as North Port Fire Rescue's 2005 Firefighter of the Year and 2009 Officer of the Year.
He is a member of the Technical Rescue Team and an educator with the Juvenile Fire Setters Education Program. Dave has also served as Board Member of the North Port Firefighters Benevolent Association since its inception in 2007. His certifications and training include A.S in Fire Science, Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Officer I, Instructor II, National Fire Academy Leadership I and Youth Firesetter Prevention & Intervention I & II, Pump Operator, and Emergency Services Leadership Institute.
Dave resides in North Port with his wife and two children.
Peter Marietti is no stranger to the fire service. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Peter got his first taste of fire rescue experience while serving in the Navy. He was stationed in Earle, New Jersey on the USS Nitro. During his four years in the service, it was mandatory for personnel to learn firefighting, and he was hooked.
Soon after leaving the military, he started as a firefighter at the City of Warwick Fire Department in Rhode Island. During his 12 years on the line he had moved up to Lieutenant.
He then made the decision to transition to Fire Prevention. he spent 12 years in Fire Prevention, with the last 8 spent as Fire Marshal for the City of Warwick.
He was officially hired at the City in May 2017 as a Fire Prevention Officer, and after the Fire Marshal at the time took a job elsewhere, Peter moved into the position in October 2017.
Battalion Chief Casey Kelch is a 15-year veteran of the North Port Fire Department. Lt. Kelch has held the rank of Firefighter, EMT, Paramedic, Journeyman, Lieutenant, and currently Battalion Chief. Battalion Chief Kelch resides in North Port with his wife Kristina, a local Assistant Principal, and his son Liam. He is involved in many aspects of the Department including; Honor Guard member, Lead Live Fire Instructor, New Hire Orientation, Department Peer Training, and various committees within the Department. Battalion Chief Kelch enjoys fishing, traveling, and travel baseball with his son.
Joseph “Jody” McCord has returned to North Port Fire Rescue as a Battalion Chief. He recently retired from NPFR with a rank of Deputy Chief after 25 years of service. Chief McCord was born and raised in Venice, Florida. He and his wife Wanda have 8 kids between them. He started his career in Nokomis as a volunteer firefighter, then spent two years with the City of Naples. He started his career here in North Port in 1993.
John Waligora began his career at North Port Fire Rescue in 1989 at the age of 19. Through the course of his career he promoted to Firefighter/ Paramedic in 1992, Lieutenant in 2004, then Battalion Chief in 2018. Chief Waligora has been awarded Firefighter of the Year, Officer of the Year, and multiple Phoenix Awards from North Port Fire Rescue. Additionally, he was awarded the Association of EMS Providers of Florida’s Herb Kimbal Award for “Action Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty” for rescuing a construction worker who fell 35 feet underground into a confined space. Chief Waligora serves as the Battalion Chief of “A” Shift as well as being a Chief Officer on our Technical Rescue Team. Chief Waligora also serves on multiple committees and is a lead instructor.
Chief Waligora holds an A.S. Degree in Fire Science Technology from Valencia College. He is a graduate of the Emergency Services Leadership Institute. He also is a Fire Officer 1, Instructor 1, Live Fire Training Instructor 1, Incident Safety Officer, and a Strike Team / Task Force Leader.
One of the many highlights of his career was getting to serve for a week following 9/11 in New York City.