Firefighting

This division is comprised of 3 Crew Captains, 3 Lieutenants, 3 Driver Engineers and 21 Firefighters who are assigned to three 24 hour shifts. Station Number 1 is manned by the Captain, Lieutenant and 5 Firefighters. Station Number 2 is manned by the Driver Engineer and 2 Firefighters.

Certified

All department officers are Florida Certified Fire Officers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Eleven firefighters are also Florida Certified Fire Safety Inspectors and four of those are Florida Certified Fire and Arson Investigators.

Responsibilities

The firefighters respond to approximately 4,100 calls per year, with an average response time of 4 minutes. The Fire Department protects the City’s 14,000 residents and its’ 5.3 million annual visitors from fires and natural disasters and provides:

  • Code enforcement
  • Confined space rescue
  • Emergency medical care
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Fire safety inspections
  • Fire suppression
  • Public education
  • Water rescue

Duties

Review the duties of the Firefighting Personnel:

  • The certified Fire Safety Inspectors assist the Fire Marshal in completing fire safety inspections of existing commercial buildings. There are over 1,100 businesses within the City limits.
  • Complete weekly “in-service” training/education classes as well as attending college level continuing education courses at First Coast Technical Institute and the Florida State Fire College.
  • Conduct pre-fire surveys of all commercial buildings annually and of special “targeted”, higher risk buildings semi-annually. This information, used in training and for a more effective emergency response, is carried on each responding fire engine.
  • Maintain the department’s fire apparatus, stations and equipment. A typical week has Monday set aside for station maintenance, Tuesday through Thursday for training and pre-fire planning, Friday for vehicle maintenance, and Saturday special training and make-up of uncompleted assignment from the previous days. Inspections, pre-fire surveys, etc. are conducted Monday through Friday, time permitting.
  • Operate jointly with St. Johns County Fire/Rescue (SJCFR) as a “Special Hazards Operations Team”, to respond to hazardous materials incidents.
  • Provide fire protection and basic life support medical services to City residents with Florida State certified firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Our department provides BLS support to SJCFR for all medical calls. Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) are carried on the department’s engines and boat, greatly increasing the chances of a patient surviving a heart attack in our community. All department personnel are trained in their use.

Class 1 Rating

Through the combined efforts of the City’s Fire and Utility Departments, St. Augustine Fire Department’s public protection classification was increased to a Class 1 rating by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) in 2018. We are extremely proud as it is a true rarity, being a fraction of the top 1% of all fire departments nationwide.