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Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue provides Advanced Life Support medical response and rescue intervention to any ill or injured person in Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors. This territory represents more than 43.5 square miles.


The EMS Bureau has oversight of all of the department's 378 paramedics and 30 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s). The department operates 14 advanced life support (ALS) paramedic rescue units and at the present time, has 12 Paramedic equipped ALS engine companies and three advanced life support ladder companies.

All 14 Rescue units are staffed with two state-certified paramedics, including a crew chief who serves as the lead paramedic in charge. Each ALS engine and ladder company is staffed with at least one paramedic. All of these paramedics, in addition to maintaining current certification with the medical director, must maintain other credentials such as: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

The Department has received numerous awards over the years recognizing the quality of its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System. Individual paramedics have received awards for Paramedic of the Year as well as for their participation in ALS and BLS competitions.

The EMS Bureau works closely with the Ocean Rescue Chief to provide medical training and equipment to the Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue EMTs and Paramedics. Fort Lauderdale’s Ocean Rescue is one of the most medically advanced Ocean Rescues of its kind in the country. The EMS Bureau Chief is responsible for the daily operations of the EMS Bureau and its staff. This includes EMS training, quality assurance, medical equipment and supplies, EMS research, and membership to the numerous councils and committees throughout the state.

carextracation-300The EMS Chief is also responsible for responding to working fires and major incidents. The department’s Administrative Captain is responsible for daily operations that include: controlled substance distribution, state EMS aggregate reports, EMT and paramedic re-certification, EMS research and membership to the numerous councils and committees throughout the county and state.

Three Assistant Chiefs are responsible for daily shift operations, which include responding to trauma and medical calls, EMS branch on major incidents, Safety Officer on fires and extrications, training of shift personnel, quality assurance of medical reports, EMS research, and interfacing with hospital staff. The department's paramedics have an aggressive computer based protocol, written by the department’s EMS Staff, which enables them to attend to any medical emergency with flexible, comprehensive treatment plans. Some of the more advanced procedures and equipment used by FLFR paramedics include: induced hypothermia for cardiac arrest patients, C-PAP breathing therapy, end tidal CO2 monitoring (including waveform), surgical airways, 12-lead EKGs, MAD devices, CAT tourniquet, and a field amputation kit that is kept at the local trauma center.

EMS Bureau Staff

 Dep Stanley Final
Douglas Stanley
Deputy Chief
Stewart Ahearn  Stewart Ahearn

   Assistant Chief - Division 3

BC Stephen Shaw (2)
 Stephen Shaw
Battalion Chief - EMS 2
Karl Yeager photo 2 2016 

Karl Yeager



Jamie M. Waskowiak



 MD Brooks 2018

Dr. Jerry Brooks, MD

Medical Director



MD. Menendez 2018

Dr. Benny Menendez, MD, FAAEM

Medical Director



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