Steve Heitman is the Fire Chief for the Mercer Island Fire Department, where he started his fire service career in 2001 as a Firefighter. He worked his way up through the ranks of MIFD and was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief in 2008, which he held until being promoted to Fire Chief in 2014. In addition, he is a military veteran, serving with the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment from 1987-1990, and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. He has been married to his wife Darla for 21 years and has three children ages 17, 15, and 11.
Masterís Degree, National Security Studies, HDS Naval Post-Graduate School
Bachelorís Degree, Public Safety Administration, Grand Canyon University
Associate of Arts and Sciences, Fire Officer Development, Bellevue Community College
Associate of Applied Science, Dental Hygiene, Clark College
Associate of Arts and Sciences, Bellevue Community College
EFO - Executive Fire Officer, National Fire Academy
CFO - Chief Fire Officer, Center for Public Safety Excellence
EMT - Emergency Medical Technician, King County EMS
CHPP - Certified Homeland Protection Professional, National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
CLRP - Certified Labor Relations Professional, National Public Employee Labor Relations Assoc.
NIMS - National Incident Management System, ICS Courses: 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800, & 907
ISO - Incident Safety Officer, National Fire Academy
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs
NSEFO - National Society of Executive Fire Officers
IFE - International Fire Engineers
NFPA - National Fire Protection Association
Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society
What do you enjoy most about leading your department?
I enjoy leading an organization of such highly skilled people that truly make a difference in the community and the region. No two days are ever the same as we are constantly faced with new challenges and opportunities. We are well respected within the City and by other fire departments in the region. MIFD has the highest level of knowledge, skills, and abilities in the history of the department, and each member strives for continual improvement. Each member of the organization is dedicated to our success, and I get to witness and participate in this every day.
What do you enjoy most about working for the City of Mercer Island?
I enjoy getting to work with other department Directors, who are professionals in their area of expertise. There is a constant sense of teamwork as we all work to the success of the City of Mercer Island. The City Manager has brought a true sense of TEAM to the entire organization and supports every one of us. The City of Mercer Island is a caring and compassionate employer that takes care of its staff.
Address & Contact Information
Fire Station 91
3030 78th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 275-7960