Department of Fire Rescue

BSO's Department of Fire Rescue originated in October 2003 when all operational and administrative responsibilities were transferred from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

The department operates five battalions in 22 different locations throughout the county and includes 17 engines, 7 aerials, 1 Industrial fire truck, 3 aircraft fire-rescue crash trucks, 1 helicopter, 23 ALS transport units and a cross-staffed brush truck, chemical fire suppression truck and foam tanker.

With more than 700 professional and highly-trained operations, support and administrative personnel, the department provides fire suppression, fire protection, emergency medical services and educational programs for most unincorporated areas of Broward County and to the municipalities of Weston, Pembroke Park, Cooper City, Lauderdale Lakes, Dania Beach and Deerfield Beach through contract agreements. Additionally, the department serves Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades.

22 stations for fire suppression and Advanced Life Support medical rescue operate in various locations in the county, fifteen as engine companies and five as aerial companies. There is also an Air Rescue station located at the Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport.

Fire Rescue also administers the Hazardous Materials, Air Rescue, Everglades Rescue and the Technical Rescue teams, each addressing unique and frequently complex and dangerous public safety situations. These teams operate countywide.

To contact the Broward Sheriff's Fire Rescue and Emergency Services, please cal (954) 831-8200.

The Department of Fire Rescue has prepared a helpful information package for victims of fire damage. Download the After The Fire package (this is a PDF file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Click here for a description of how medical information about you is used and disclosed by The Department of Fire Rescue and how you may obtain this information (Notice of Privacy Practices).

Click on the links below for additional information:

Command Staff
Fire Rescue Operations
Fire Rescue Regional Services
History of Fire Rescue
Fire Rescue Cadets
Fire Rescue Reserves
Safety Alerts
BECCA Program

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Anthony P. Stravino

Fire Chief Anthony P. Stravino
Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services

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Anthony P. Stravino was appointed to lead the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services on January 8, 2013. As fire chief and executive director, he is responsible for the strategic guidance of the 735-member department that provides a multitude of specialized services to the third most populous county in Florida. With more 35 years of career fire service experience, Chief Stravino has served in numerous fire management capacities, including division director in various classifications - from training, resource management and emergency management to EMS, fleet services and operations.

Prior to assuming command of Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, Chief Stravino served as fire chief and emergency management director for the cities of Margate - Coconut Creek Fire Rescue and the City of Longwood, Florida. In 2009, Chief Stravino retired from the City of Deerfield Beach. His 32-year tour with Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue Department culminated with his appointment as fire chief and emergency management director in 2006.. He was the youngest chief officer appointee in the department’s 50-year history.

Chief Stravino’s extensive experience includes emergency medical services, fire ground operations and tactics, personnel management, capital improvement plans, facility design and maintenance, training, resource management, purchasing, vehicle/fleet specifications and maintenance, contract negotiations, labor relations, fire prevention, public education, media relations and emergency management.

Chief Stravino is a nationally accredited Chief Fire Officer and has been published in national fire journals. He currently serves as the vice president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Broward County. He holds two Associate Degrees, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Human Resource Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.