The Fire Rescue Department was established in 1912 and currently provides fire, rescue, and emergency management services for the citizens and visitors of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, and the Town of Lazy Lake.
The department operates out of eleven fire stations and responded to 54,387 incidents for service during the year 2015. A number of highly trained special operations teams are utilized within the department that provide Hazardous Materials Response, Technical Rescue, Marine Rescue, Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) response, Medical services, and Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF). The department offers training programs to the private and public sector, as well as internal (departmental) and external (non- departmental) certified Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.
To significantly increase patient survival rates above the national average, the department utilizes advanced medical protocols, such as induced hypothermia (ICE alert). The department conducts fire safety inspections in commercial buildings, reviews building plans to ensure fire code compliance, and investigates fire origin and cause. The department is transitioning into non-emergency inter-facility transport services in response to community needs and as a revenue enhancement.
The Department supports the Public Safety Cylinder of Excellence and is the lead for emergency management planning, overseeing the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and supervising the City’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), to ensure prompt and effective response and recovery efforts in the event of major city emergencies and disasters.