Fire Suppression/Emergency Medicine/Technical Rescue/Hazardous Materials
The Fire Rescue Section makes up the largest portion of the agency and remains the bread and butter of the fire service. Winter Park operates on a three-shift system with each working 24-hours on-duty followed by 48 hours off-duty. Each shift is comprised of 23 firefighters who respond from three fire stations. These stations are located strategically located throughout our city to help us provide the closest possible response to any reported incident.
Our firefighters operate three Engine Companies, One Truck Company, Three ALS transport Rescue Companies, EMS Supervisor, and Battalion Chief. All units are capable of delivering advanced life support medical care and our Rescue units transport an average of 1800 patients annually.
Emergency Response Activity
Firefighting, while something we strive to reduce the frequency of each and every day, remains the foundation of our organization. Protecting the community from the ravages of uncontrolled fire is our top priority. Our firefighters are well-trained and well-equipped with the latest in tools and tactics to make strategically aggressive fire attacks with practices that help us rapidly control structure fires with the goal of holding these events to the areas of origin.
All pumper fire apparatus (Engine Companies) are equipped with a minimum of 750 gallons of on-board water and more than enough supply fire hose to reach any fire hydrant located within the city limits. Fire attack lines are specifically calculated to flow enough water to allow firefighters the ability to feel confident in their decision to be aggressive with their tactics. This ability to deliver higher water flows along with our closely coordinated ventilation skills allows our crews to safely search active fire buildings allowing any victims the greatest opportunity for survival.
To help achieve this highly effective firefighting capability Winter Park developed what is referred to as a full-service Truck Company operation. Staffed with a minimum of four firefighters operating in two teams, the Truck crews have the training and equipment to handle most fire ground situations. Equipped with an 70 gallon compressed air foam firefighting system, the Truck Company can initiate a fire attack should it arrive and find the need to perform fire extinguishing activities. The Truck also carries all of the equipment needed to perform vehicle extrications, technical rescues, fire scene overhaul, and salvage as well as elevated rescues. It is a highly capable unit.
All Winter Park Fire Rescue units are staffed and equipped to provide advanced life support medical care. No matter the type of medical emergency the closest Fire Rescue unit will be dispatched; including enough personnel to effectively manage the reported condition. This is why you may see a fire truck responding to your request for medical care or for an ambulance. Winter Park Fire Rescue is the sole provider of emergency medical services within the city limits.
All of our patient information is confidential and protected by law under the “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” of 1996.
Firefighters in Winter Park maintain what is referred to as a Light Technical Rescue Team (LTRT) capability. The LTRT is a small, local component of what is more commonly referred to as the Urban Search Rescue Team. The Winter Park LTRT has the capability to perform rescues of victims from what are considered difficult or “technical” situation. As an example, workers who become trapped in trenches or above ground at heights requiring the use of ropes and ladders to bring them to the ground. A technical rescue could also include the removal of a victim in a construction or building collapse.
Winter Park firefighters are trained and equipped to deal with most of the more common responses such as gasoline spills and leaks involving natural and liquefied petroleum (LP) gasses. For any releases of large quantities of hazardous materials such as from a truck or railcar or which involve more complex chemicals, the city maintains a cooperative agreement with the City of Orlando Fire Department who will respond their team and work with us to resolve the matter.
Our firefighters regularly train with the members of the Orlando Fire Department’s Haz-Mat team and are familiar with their roles and responsibilities should a mutual aid response be warranted. Orlando Fire also provides Arson/Bomb services to the city for the examination and security of suspicious devices and packages.