The Operations Section is the largest firefighting unit in Collier County, our mission is to protect life and property by providing emergency response services and education for the residents, businesses, and visitors to the community.
The Operations Section provides the deployment of emergency response resources to incidents involving fire suppression, emergency medical services (EMS), motor vehicle crashes, hazardous materials, technical rescue and dive rescue.
The Operations Section responds to over 21,000 requests for service annually, to 150,000 residents, hundreds of businesses and thousands of visitors within the 1,512 square miles protected. These responses cover the communities of East Naples, Golden Gate, Isles of Capri, Ochopee and Everglades City. Isles of Capri joined our family of First Responders on October 1, 2015. The communities of Ochopee and Everglades City are now being managed by Greater Naples Fire Rescue as of November 1st, 2016. The Section participates in countywide automatic aid agreements with the Cities of Naples and Marco Island, Collier County EMS, North Collier and Immokalee Fire Districts. Additionally, the Division participates in a countywide mutual aid program with several other emergency response agencies as a cooperative effort to provide services to Collier County’s 2,305 square miles and 333,032 full time residents.
The Operations Section is responsible for responding to fire rescue emergencies as requested by the community. This is accomplished through the strategic deployment of a variety of apparatus and personnel from key locations. The Fire District staffs fifth teen fire stations, 24 hours a day with personnel who are cross trained as state certified firefighters and paramedics/EMTs. Each of the fire stations house one suppression apparatus with the exception of Station 75 which is a medical response unit. Additional resources include a variety of equipment such as water tenders, brush trucks, quick response squads, rescues and Shift Battalion Chiefs. Collier County EMS also deploys one medic unit from eight fire stations (20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 60, 70 & 90).
The Operations Section operates a three platoon system with a minimum of 40 personnel assigned to each shift. Each fire engine is staffed with a minimum of three Firefighter/PM or EMT’s of various rank and job function. The District staffs two Battalion Chiefs 24 hours a day and a third day shift Battalion Chief in the East Battalion to maintain operational continuity. Shift operations are supported by an Operations Chief.
The Operations Section operates a Florida recognized Light Technical Rescue Unit which is readily available for any high angle, trench, structural collapse or difficult machinery entrapments. The District has a large number of certified underwater divers for dive rescue who respond to several calls for service along 54 miles of Alligator Alley (I-75). Many of the vehicle crashes on Alligator Alley result in vehicles entering the deep canals that run adjacent to the interstate. HAZMAT is another component which the District participates (along with many others across the county) as part of a Regional District Response Team (DRT). The District stands ready to respond to any type of emergency as an All Hazards Agency.
The Operations Section has an ALS Engine Program. This will provide enhanced pre-hospital service to the residents of the Fire Rescue District by state certified Paramedics. This is accomplished by a cooperative joint venture between Greater Naples Fire Rescue and Collier County EMS with an exchange of personnel, as well as enhanced training through the Office of the Medical Director.