The Operations Section is the District’s largest Section consisting of 178 uniformed members. Personnel are deployed as part of a three-platoon shift system working 24 hours on-duty and 48 hours off-duty. This configuration provides for continuous fire rescue protection 24 hour each day, 365 days a year to the citizens and visitors to the District.
Fifteen fire stations are strategically located throughout the District’s 1,512 square mile jurisdictional boundaries. Fire Engines and Aerial apparatus are staffed with a minimum of three firefighters consisting of a Company Officer, Driver/Engineer, and a Firefighter Paramedic/EMT.
The District staffs two Shift Commanders each 24-hour shift in order to maintain operational continuity within two functional battalions within the District’s vast operational territory. Overall shift operations are managed by the Operations Section Chief.
The District provides a number of specialized response capabilities in order to respond effectively to any number of specialized emergency incidents. The District hosts a State sponsored Light Technical Rescue Team which is readily available for any number of specialized incidents including high angle, confined space, trench rescue, structural collapse or heavy machinery entrapment incidents.
The District’s Dive Rescue Team maintains a number of underwater divers trained for emergencies that arise in any of the many canals, lakes, and inland waterways throughout the District.
The District participates in a countywide Hazardous Materials response team as part of a Regional District Response Team (DRT) capable of mitigating any number of hazardous incidents involving biological, nuclear, incendiary, chemical or explosive emergencies.
The District’s Marine Emergency Response Team (MERT) operates two fire rescue boats located at the Isles of Capri and Everglades City facilities. In similar fashion to the Hazardous Materials Team, the MERT program is part of a countywide effort including neighboring fire rescue and law enforcement agencies. The District staffs vessels from both facilities 24-hours daily and regularly responds to a variety of marine incidents including vessel fires, lost boaters, medical emergencies and vessels in distress.
In a unique partnership, the Fire District participated in an inter-agency cooperative agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to provide dedicated fire rescue services to 106 miles of Interstate 75/Alligator Alley from a fire rescue station located at the 63-mile marker.
The District has a unique partnership with Collier County EMS to participate in an Advanced Life Support (ALS) Engine Program. This provides enhanced pre-hospital service to the residents of the Fire Rescue District by state certified Paramedics and EMT’s. This is accomplished by a cooperative agreement with an exchange of personnel between the agencies, as well as enhanced training through the Office of the Medical Director.