* Welcome from the Fire Chief * Mission Statement * Department History *
Welcome from the Fire Chief
Welcome to the City of Hallandale Beach, Department of Fire Rescue. We invite you to spend a few minutes exploring our pages to learn more about the services we provide, and meet some of the men and women who proudly do so. We are here to serve you. In addition to the traditional role of providing fire protection and emergency medical services, we offer so much more. As you look over these pages you will notice we offer numerous community outreach programs. You should also feel comfortable knowing we provide our employees with the training and equipment, to ensure you receive the highest level of service available. If you would like additional information on your Fire Rescue Department, or have any suggestions or comments for us please call or stop by. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve this community and strive to not only meet, but exceed the community's expectations in every way.
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"The Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue Department is dedicated to protect the lives and property of its citizens and visitors through prompt and professional delivery of public education, fire prevention, emergency intervention, and disaster management."
Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue Department History
The First Hallandale Beach Fire Station
The City of Hallandale Beach was incorporated in 1947 and at that time the City had seven volunteer firefighters. The first fire station was located at 108 NE 1st Avenue. The Fire Department had to carry their own water to fire calls since the City did not yet have a water system.
Emergency Medical Response
By 1967 the City of Hallandale Beach was a different place with different needs. In order to meet the emergency medical needs of the community the City formed two Rescue Squads. The new Rescue Squads employed a county certified Firefighter Paramedic and one Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Over the next ten years the need for emergency medical assistance increased to nearly 3,000 calls each year. Fires continued to increase and by 1976 they also totaled over 3,000 calls each year. In total approximately 6,000 calls per year were handled by the Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
During that time, the Fire Department had implemented a groundbreaking, innovative project that would turn the Rescue Squad into a highly trained, highly technical emergency medical service. This laid the foundation for the Advanced Life Support units that are in service today. The EMT’s were given 8 months of emergency medical training and a State of Florida examination. In addition to the State of Florida examination and 8 more months of training, Paramedics were also subject to the Broward County exam, which was an oral exam with five local physicians presiding.
The Rescue Units were equipped with telemetry (communication) and life saving drugs. On July 19, 1975, the equipment was put into service for the first time. That very same day, a heart attack victim arrived at the Fire Station seeking help. Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue used the new equipment and medications to save this person’s life. Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue became the first to use telemetry and administer life saving drugs in the South Broward District.
Today, Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue responds to all calls such as fire, medical and hazardous conditions within the City. These incidents total approximately 7,000 calls per year. With new advances in Fire Prevention and Building Codes, the number of fire calls have decreased, while the need for emergency medical services has increased steadily since the early days.
Currently 67 emergency response personnel support the Operations Division providing citywide coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Personnel work on three fire suppression vehicles and three emergency medical advanced life support rescue vehicles, which respond from three stations. Each member is cross-trained, allowing all emergency response vehicles and their personnel to handle medical calls, as wells as fires.
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