Public Education & Information


A Public Education and Information Resource Officer (PEIRO) is a multi-faceted, on-call 24/7 position. The PEIRO is the liaison to the media at incidents, writes public service announcements, professional articles and press releases, communicates important emergent and non-emergent information to the community, attends civic and home organization meetings, and assists in the planning of District functions. The public education function of the position involves serving the needs of the residents and businesses. Some of the programs Iona-McGregor Fire District’s Public Education Division presents are:
  • Babysitting classes
  • Brush fire prevention
  • Business safety and fire drills
  • Car seat inspections and installation
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Fire safety classes for the home or business
  • Fire safety trailer
  • Fire truck demonstrations
  • Home inspections (smoke detectors, egresses, fire extinguishers)
  • Home pool/water safety checks
  • Hurricane preparedness
  • Puppet shows
  • Station tours
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detector give-away program
Who is the Public Information & Education Resource Officer?

Lauri McMahon - Public Information & Education Officer Lauri McMahon has been employed at I.M.F.D. since April 2004. Prior to her employment, she was a Lee County Public School District Teacher for 15 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Barry University. She has attended the Florida State Fire College and the National Fire Academy for the basic and advanced PIO courses. She is a member of the Incident Management Team for large incidents in Lee County, the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition, the Florida Association of Public Information Officers and Life Safety Educators, the National Information Officers’ Association, the Lee County Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Lee County Fire Marshals’ and Inspectors’ Association, and an Affiliate with the Initial Life Support Foundation. She is an instructor with the American Heart Association, the Community Emergency Response Team, and a Florida State certified car seat technician. She has resided in Fort Myers since 1989, is married, and has one daughter, two step-daughters, and a grandson.

To contact the Public Education office, please call 239-425-9316.