Palm Beach County (FL) Fire-Rescue
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Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue (PBCFR) was created on October 1, 1984, when the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution consolidating the existing fire districts in Palm Beach County.
Prior to 1984 the following fire districts were in existence, covering mostly unincorporated Palm Beach County:
- Juno Beach
- Old Dixie
- Military Park (Westward Fire District, which covered the community of Westgate and Belvedere Homes, consolidated into Military Park prior to 1984.
- Trail Park
- Reservation (Tri-Community Fire District, which covered the Hypoluxo area, consolidated into Reservation prior to 1984.
- Del Trail
- Canal Point
- Palm Beach International Airport
These departments consolidated, under the leadership of Chief Herman Brice, into Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue (PBCFR). Most of the incorporated cities, unless they were under a contract with a fire district, retained their own departments.
The following departments merged into Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue between 1990 and 2011:
- Lantana Fire-Rescue, Incorporated 1921(October 1, 1997)
- Royal Palm Beach Fire-Rescue (March 13, 1999)
- Lake Park Fire Department (June 29, 2002).
- Belle Glade Fire Department (PBCFR began providing fire protection coverage in October 2006. EMS coverage began on January 7, 2008)
- Pahokee Fire Department (January 7, 2008)
- South Bay Fire Department (January 7, 2008)
- Lake Worth Fire-Rescue (October 1, 2009)
- Palm Springs Public Safety, Fire-Rescue Division(October 1, 2009)
The minimum staffing is as follows:
- Engines and Quints (Advanced Life Support, also called ALS):
- 1 Company Officer (Operational Captain)
- 1 Driver Operator
- 1 Firefighter (If the unit is an ALS Engine/Quint then 2 of the crew members must be paramedics.
- 1 Lieutenant
- 1 Firefighter/Paramedic
- 1 Firefighter/EMT (Certain trucks do not have the EMT position filled as of yet. On some units this is a trainee spot for Firefighter/Paramedics doing probationary ride time and being evaluated by a Proctor/Training Officer).
- Special Operations (Haz-Mat/Dive/High Angle Rescue):
- 1 Haz-Mat Driver/Operator
- 1 Firefighter/Haz-Mat Technician (All firefighters assigned at the two Special Operations stations are certified as Hazardous Materials Technicians).
- Tenders (formerly called Tankers):
- 1 Driver/Operator
- ARFF Airport Crash Trucks (called Dragons):
- 1 ARFF FF/Driver
- Brush trucks:
- Not normally staffed except during Fire Warning periods or after hurricanes. The crew from the engine takes the truck if it is needed and they both operate together as a Task Force.