Sunrise Fire-Rescue is comprised of the following divisions:
From the City's five Fire-Rescue facilities, operational personnel respond to approximately 12,000 emergency calls annually - utilizing five Paramedic Medical Rescue Units, five Advanced Life Support (ALS) engines and one ALS Ladder Company.
Sunrise Fire-Rescue has been a leader in the Fire-Rescue industry, winning numerous awards as an EMS provider. The dual Firefighter/Paramedic certifications held by almost all personnel enable Sunrise Fire-Rescue to respond to and successfully manage both fire and emergency medical incidents.The City's ability to deploy these highly trained crews has proven successful in preventing loss of life and property during structure fires and other emergencies. The Fire-Rescue Department has been the recipient of multiple International Association of Fire Chiefs Life Safety Achievement Awards, which are issued annually in recognition of departments that have had no residential fire deaths.
Sunrise Fire-Rescue has kept pace with the ever-increasing challenges that face a modern day fire service through its own Special Operations Team. This team of highly trained firefighters - one of only four within Broward County - responds to calls that the average firefighter is not trained to handle. Team members are specially trained in the disciplines of Dive Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Rope/High-Angle Rescue, Confined Space Rescue and Trench Rescue. They also respond regionally under countywide mutual aide agreements to successfully handle emergencies requiring their special talents. Several members of the City of Sunrise Special Operations Team are also members of the Federal Urban Search and Rescue Team, and were deployed to New York following the events of September 11, 2001.
Sunrise Fire-Rescue maintains an integrated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division, which oversees regulatory medical requirements and quality improvement for the department.
The EMS Division responds to all emergencies, including those involving heart attacks, chest pain, difficulty breathing, falls and auto accidents. Additionally, the EMS Division conducts lectures and handles medical training, CPR courses and social service referrals.
The EMS Division provides the highest level of pre-hospital services for City residents and visitors. All Sunrise emergency response units are permitted by the State of Florida as Advanced Life Support (ALS) units - the highest level of permit issued. The "ALS" designation means paramedic services are provided on all incidents.
Sunrise is an EMS leader, honored through awards, competitions and journals. The EMS Division has been recognized for advancements in emergency cardiac care, due to Sunrise Paramedics' proficiency in responding to an incident, determining the presence of a heart attack, transmitting the report to the hospital, and transferring the patient to a cardiologist.
The Training Division develops programs designed to maintain and upgrade the skills of Fire-Rescue personnel. The Training Division also provides medical training to City paramedics, assuring they keep abreast of the latest skills and education required for continuing certification. Through its comprehensive programs, the Training Division delivers nearly 25,000 hours of continuing education per year.
Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the Administrative Division supports the department's primary mission of protecting life and property. This includes planning and logistical support for the department's operational personnel, as well as sound fiscal management to assure that long-term needs are addressed. The Administration Division is committed to providing the best possible service to Sunrise residents through an ongoing investment in the department's people, facilities and equipment. The Fire-Rescue Organizational Chart [PDF] shows how the Department is structured by division.
Fire Life Safety
The Fire Life Safety Division is an integral part of Sunrise Fire-Rescue. Their role is to conduct fire safety inspections on all commercial properties in the City and provide both plan review and compliance inspections for all new buildings constructed within the community. Public Education is also a major concern of the department's Fire Life Safety and Operations personnel. Each October, during Fire Prevention Week, Sunrise Fire-Rescue reaches out to 12,000 local school children to provide fire safety messages. This program helps protect our community's youngsters by teaching them what to do in the event of an emergency.