Brevard County Fire Rescue and Special Operations
Richard Connor, Assistant Chief of Fire Operations
The Assistant Chief of Fire Operations oversees the daily aspects of our BCFR (Brevard County Fire Rescue) firefighting resources. Through the guidance of the Fire Chief and Deputy Chief, the Assistant Chief organizes the operations and service delivery to the citizens and visitors of Brevard County while also planning for future growth and needs of the community. BCFR operates under a three-shift staffing model. The County is divided into 5 geographical response areas, each under the command of a District Chief. Each District Chief is responsible for 5 to 8 stations inside of their geographical area.
Our fire engines are staffed with a Lieutenant, Firefighter-Paramedic and a Firefighter EMT. This engine resource provides for Advanced Life Support capabilities and a fully equipped crew for fire-fighting operations. Brevard County Fire Rescue has seventeen (17) Advanced Life Support units.
Special Hazards and Technical Rescue Team
In addition to fires and medical emergencies Brevard County responds to incidents that require specialty training that include hazardous materials mitigation. The HazMat and Technical Rescue Team handles all types of emergencies including gas leaks, hazardous materials response, confined space rescue, rope/high angle rescue, trench rescue and heavy extrication.
Our ladder trucks are staffed with a Lieutenant, Firefighter-Paramedic and two Firefighter EMTs. In an effort to reduce maintenance costs for our ladder trucks, we have implemented a squad program that uses smaller pick-up truck brush fire units to respond to emergency medical calls. This shared staffing profile of the ladder trucks has allowed the department to reduce ladder truck maintenance costs. Brevard County Fire Rescue has five (5) ladder trucks.
Tender/Tanker trucks are used in the rural areas of Brevard County where hydrants are not available. These tender units provide up to 3000 gallons of critical water supplies for fire extinguishment. Brevard County Fire Rescue has eight (8) tender/tanker units.
Wildland Urban Interface
The Departments wildfire operations sections consists of (22) strategically placed brush fire apparatus. Our brush truck fleet includes reutilized military surplus vehicles and newer pickup based light attack units. All of our operational department members are trained and equipped in wildland fire fighting tactics.
Brevard County Fire Rescue is divided into 5 response areas:
Includes Stations 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29
The district covers all unincorporated areas from SR528 to the North County line.
Includes Stations 40, 41, 42, 43, 60, 61
The district covers all of Merritt Island and the rescue units assigned to Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach.
Includes Stations 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 80
The district covers from SR528 to Post Road in the mainland areas including the Town of Palm Shores.
Includes Stations 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67/68, 81
The district covers all beach side areas South of Patrick Air Force Base as well as mainland areas from Post Road to SR 192.
Includes Stations 82, 83/85,84, 86, 87, 88, 89
The district covers all of the main land areas south of SR 192 including the City of West Melbourne, the Towns of Melbourne Village and Grant-Valkaria, and the unincorporated County areas.