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Fire Rescue operates from eleven (11) strategically located fire stations with more than 476 total employees, which are ideally situated to deliver comprehensive emergency services to the citizens and visitors of the City of Fort Lauderdale and contract service areas expeditiously. Emergency Services are provided through the 24/7 deployment of twelve (12) Advance Life Support (ALS) engine companies, sixteen (16) medical rescue units, one (1) Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) company, two (2) 105-foot aerial ladder/quint companies, one (1) 95’ tower ladder, one (1) Hazardous Materials Response Team (HazMat), two (2) Fire Rescue boats and one (1) Heavy Rescue Squad. Daily staffing provides three (3) Battalion Chiefs, one (1) Assistant Chief, and a minimum staffing level of 86 Fire Rescue personnel.

House fire Photo



The deployment of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue resources is predicated upon achieving pre-established response time benchmarks. In order to measure our performance regarding identified goals and objectives, specific response time benchmarks have been established.

From a customer perspective, one of the most important benchmarks is the "First Unit Arrival" time. The "First Unit Arrival" benchmark established by the City of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue is to provide the first unit (Fire Suppression or EMS) in six minutes or less, 90% of the time.



Emergency Services also participates in the following community and business services in conjunction with the programs offered by other department bureaus:

  • Testing and building life-safety systems and pre-planning building response

  • Disaster preparedness, damage assessment and post-event recovery services

  • Community relations with engine and rescue companies at homeowner association meetings and community events
  • Provision of off-duty detail units for special events and local sport activities



Emergency services
DC Botting Final 
            Chantal Botting             
Deputy Fire Chief
Assistant Chiefs 

             Timothy C. Heiser              
Assistant Chief
A Shift


John F. San Angelo
Assistant Chief
B Shift

snowhiteMelanie Snowhite
Assistant Chief
C Shift 
 BatTalion Chiefs




Troy K. Cool




          Kenneth R. Rudominer   



             Stewart Ahearn              Jason Bohan     



              Harold Knowles



    David J. Carter


     BC May         Gregory May         

          duncan        Edward S. Duncan III       


 .  Cris Dietz Small       Christopher Dietz


BC Denman Final     Tuyle Denman  


BC Peasant2

Eric Peasant



 John H. Ramirez


BC Hicks

     Michael Hicks   



BC McGloughlin

 John McLoughlin



















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