Division Chief Diana Hernden began her career in 2004 as a transport medic for Lee County EMS. In January 2007, she joined the Iona McGregor Fire District in Fort Myers, Florida, where she continues to serve as the Lieutenant assigned to Truck 74. Chief Hernden also serves as an Acting Battalion Chief, Dive Rescue Shift Leader and Instructor, and the Peer Support Team Coordinator.

Chief Hernden earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fire and Emergency Services from the University of Florida, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Chief Hernden became involved with the Collaborative while searching for answers and support while navigating personal and familial health issues. She has been very open about her fire service journey, and wish to pay forward the support, education, and assistance that was given to her through the Collaborative.

Diana was recently appointed as a Region Coordinator for the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative (FFSHC), which focuses in the areas of: firefighter cancer prevention, health and fitness, mental wellness, and firefighter safety. As the Southwest Florida Region Coordinator, she works with local fire departments and industry leaders to fulfill the direction of the FFSHC.