Community Programs

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The City of Fort Lauderdale is dedicated to providing essential community-based services to residents and visitors. Our Fire Rescue Department offers a variety of programs that fit together like pieces of a puzzle to create a comprehensive package of services that bring the community together, prepare for disaster, benefit our youth, protect our elderly and disabled, and assist families in times of need.

Educating yourself and others about fire safety, ocean safety, injury prevention and disaster preparedness helps keep everyone safe. We encourage you and your family to participate in our educational programs.


Emergency Management Division

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CERT: Neighbors Helping Neighbors                                                                   

With FREE training, you will be prepared to join Fort Lauderdale’s Community Emergency Response Team – CERT. You can make a difference in your neighborhood! Call Emergency Management headquarters at 954-828-6700 or send us an email at


Fire Explorer Program   

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Exploring is part of learning.  Fire Explorer Program Post 713 serves as a portal to open doors for young adults, ages 14-21, who have an interest in the Fire Service.  With the hands-on training, team building exercises and community details the Fire Explorers are exposed to and participate in helps our young adults prepare for becoming more responsible and caring adults.

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The Fire Explorer program promotes character, service and leadership. Call the Emergency Management headquarters at 954-828-6700, e-mail us at , or click here for more information.




Neighborhood "All Hazardous" Preparedness Outreach Program

Representatives from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Emergency Management Bureau  are available to speak at neighborhood homeowners association meetings. Topics include Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Mitigation, Hands only CPR and more ... call Emergency Management headquarters at 954-828-6700 or email us at


Sign-up for CodeRED

During an emergency situation, the City of Fort Lauderdale implements the CodeRED System to deliver mass emergency notifications by phone. The service is free to join and information is kept confidential. Call our Emergency Headquarters at 954-828-6700 or 954-828-8000.

 Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP)

Residents with special needs are asked to join a county maintained disaster registry. SNAP will enhance the City's ability to effectively locate and respond to residents following a hurricane or other disaster.  You can request an application by calling 954-831-3940 or TTY 954-357-3902  or fill it online at


Fire Prevention Division

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Juvenile Fire Setters Program                                                        

Across the nation, about 450 people are killed and $300 million in property is destroyed annually in fires attributed to children playing with fire.  Children, ages 2-17, can enter the Juvenile Fire Setters Program voluntarily or by referral from a parent, social worker, or police officer. The first step is to assess the child to determine the level of intervention needed. The child is then referred to the proper counseling, therapy, or residential placement. Call Captain Ron Tetreault at 954-828-5093 or email him at for information on how to enroll a juvenile into the Fire Setter Program print, fill and send the forms for the Juvenile Fire Setter Program Referral available word or PDF or PowerPoint format.


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Neighborhood Fire Safety Public Education Outreach Program

Representatives from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Prevention Bureau are available to speak at neighborhood homeowners association meetings.  Topics include  Fire Prevention, and Fire Safety for Kids. Call Captain Ron Tetreault at 954-828-5093 or email him at to request a presentation.




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Beach Safety & Drowning Prevention Program

Provided by Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue, our Lifeguards offer  a 45-minute presentations on beach safety and keeping your child safe around water,  survive a rip current,and  includes "how to" information for developing an action plan for emergencies.  Presentations are available for classrooms, neighborhood and civic meetings. Call Ocean Rescue Headquarters  954-828-4595 or Lieutenant Giovanni Serrano at 754-246-4062 or email him at  to request a presentation



Junior Lifeguard Program

The Fort Lauderdale Junior Lifeguard Program is dedicated to providing youth, ages 9-17, with premier instruction in ocean safety and lifeguard skills. Our junior lifeguard instructors are highly trained and certified Ocean Rescue professionals. The two-week program boosts self-confidence, physical conditioning and awareness of the ocean environment. Registration is limited to 50 participants on a first-come basis. The fee is $135. Call Ocean Rescue headquarters at 954-828-4595 or email Lifeguard Crystal Haire at


SMART Program

The Survival Methods and Recruitment Training Program teaches survival swimming skills to firefighter and police recruits. Call our Fire Recruiting Officers Chief Eric Peasant at 954-828-6800 or Recruiting Officer Chief Edward Duncan at 954-383-4245.

 HEAT Program

Promoting Health, Education, Attitude and Teamwork, the HEAT program aims to educate and inspire our youth. Perfect for classrooms and youth meetings, the one-hour session includes lecture and storytelling. To "feel the heat," call Driver Engineer Will Anderson at 954-821-1533 or email him at or Fire Fighter Donnie Alexander at 305-778-3182 or email him at


Training Division

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue personnel provides the following CPR classes to the public:

  • Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED (including blended learning training)
  • BLS (Basic Life Support) Provider (including HeartCode BLS)


Please call the Training & Special Operations Bureau for more information and prices please contact Battalion Chief Stephen Shaw at (954) 828-3623 or via email

Community Outreach



The Fort Lauderdale Fire & Safety Museum

A unique 1927 firehouse, located at 1022 West Las Olas Boulevard, has been transformed into the non-profit educational Fort Lauderdale Fire & Safety Museum. Funded by donations, the museum serves to enlighten the public about the history, tradition and service of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department and its heroes. Special Group Fire Safety Education Programs such as fire, medical and severe weather preparedness are taught in an exciting way . Tours are also available. For more information or to become a member, visit or call 954-763-1005.




Annual Thanksgiving Food and HolidayToy Drives

Each year, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and the Fort Lauderdale Firefighters Benevolent Association team-up to collect food for the Thanksgiving Food Drive.


The Fort Lauderdale Firefighters Benevolent Association will be collecting non-perishable foods at all Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Stations and the Fort Lauderdale Firefighters' Benevolent Hall.  The collections dates are set right before the season and posted online.   All donations will be delivered to The Pantry of Broward Inc. located in Fort Lauderdale. Also each year, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and the Fort Lauderdale Firefighters Benevolent Association team-up to collect new toys for the Holiday Toy Drive.

The Fort Lauderdale Firefighters Benevolent Association will start collecting unwrapped toys for the Holiday Toy Drive at all Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Stations and the Fort Lauderdale Firefighters' Benevolent Hall.  The collection dates are posted right before the season. The FBA will then pick up all unwrapped toys on a specific date.  Toys will be delivered to The Pantry of Broward Inc., as they organize a toy shop for families in need.

The Pantry of Broward Inc.
610 NW Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311

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Fort Lauderdale Firefighter's Benevolent Hall
309 SW 26th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

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