Meet our Staff

Martin Palermo - President

Martin Palermo

Martin grew up surrounded by military veteran relatives who also volunteered for the local fire departments. He later married the two careers and became an Assistant Fire Chief at Homestead Airforce Base in 1984. Continuing to serve in the Reserve Services until July 2002, Martin was hired with the City of West Palm Beach Fire Rescue (WPBFR) in 1985, where he met his future wife and business partner, Tina Palermo. During his 27 years with WPBFR, Martin served with the Special Operations team, conducting dark water dives and hazmat training. Martin became a lieutenant in 2003, earned his AS degree for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), promoted to Captain in 2006 and finally retired as a Battalion Chief in 2012. Alongside his wife, Martin served as co-president of Health Career Institute until 2013 and joined her newest business ventures, MCA and HEAT. As the Fire Science Coordinator, Martin cultivates a positive relationship between the education centers and the local fire departments, ensuring students receive hands-on training through ride-times and clinicals. 


Jeremy Hurd - Instructor

Jeremy Hurd Fire Instructor

Jeremy Hurd is an EMS Captain and has his Fire Instructor 3, Fire Inspector 2, Fire Officer 1 & 2, Fire Investigator, and Incident Safety Officer. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and has a Master's Degree in Executive Leadership and Disaster Prepardness. He writes for Fire Engineering, he teaches at many fire conferences, and he has a monthly radio show on Fire Engineering entitled "Chaplain's Corner".


Katelyn Palermo - IT Administrator


With two career firefighters for parents, Katelyn grew up among the jargon and culture of the fire service, so it is unsurprising that she has been enlisted in the administration of H.E.A.T., though her education and experience lend towards veterinary and medical research. Katelyn graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. While applying to graduate school, she worked at the UF Large Animal Hospital as an Animal Care Technician and then as a Veterinary Technician. In 2016 Katelyn was accepted to a Master of Science program with the Brooks Equine Genetics Laboratory, from which she graduated in August 2018. Her research focused on tracking the evolution of a gene expansion noticed in domesticated horses via DNA analysis. As of December 2019, she works as a Medical Laboratory Scientist III with the Florida Department of Health in Jacksonville, Florida while remotely assisting with the family Fire Science business. Email: