Orlando Fire Department

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The mission of the Orlando Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of Orlando Citizens. Mayor Buddy Dyer and Fire Chief Roderick Williams are proud to lead the only fire department in the state to have ISO 1 classification, International Fire Accreditation, Emergency Management Accreditation Program certification and ACE accreditation.

Department Head

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Roderick S. Williams, City of Orlando Fire Chief

Roderick S. Williams is the 19th Orlando Fire Chief appointed by Mayor Buddy Dyer in February of 2015.

Chief Williams oversees the day-to-day operations of the department and provides counsel to the Mayor in matters of public safety and the maintenance of City fire protection. Chief Williams is a native to Orlando, graduating Jones High School in 1988.

The Communications Center has 30 civilian employees consisting of Emergency Communications Specialists, Supervisors, Technical Support and Managers. There are two sections in the Communications Center:
  • Call taker – Handles incoming emergency and non-emergency calls using a computer aided dispatch system.
  • Radio Dispatch – Dispatches call for service to the citizens of Orlando via an 800 MHz radio system.

Orlando Fire Department provides exemplary care to the citizens of Orlando through treatment and transport of those patients with illnesses and injuries. All of our firefighters are certified EMTs or Paramedics. In 2015, the Orlando Fire Department responded to more than 60,000 emergency incidents ranging from fires and emergency medical calls to rescue and other emergency-type incidents. Of those, 60,000 calls more than 20,000 were medical transports.

This division has three primary responsibilities:

  1. Fire Investigation: The Orlando Arson/Bomb Squad are certified fire investigators. Other municipalities rely on the State Fire Marshal’s office to determine the cause of a fire, whereas Orlando has the specialty training to uncover the cause and origin of fires. Fire investigation includes fire physics, arson behavior, evidence gathering, fire protection and hazardous materials.
  2. Bomb Squad: Intervention and investigation of incidents involving explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices and render safe procedures.
  3. Internal affairs investigations conducts formal interrogations when deemed necessary in cases involving fire personnel and misconduct.

Members of this division are:

  • Certified firefighters
  • Sworn law enforcement officers
  • FBI certified bomb technicians

Bomb Squad is equipped with:

  • One bomb disposal truck and a bomb disposal trailer.
  • Remotec F6A robot for hands-off operations during bomb disposal operations.

Division personnel:

  • District Chief Arson and Bomb Commander
  • Three full-time Lieutenants
  • One Accelerant Detection Canine
Orlando Fire Department training is vital component of our organization. We train in many capacities, including technical rescue, high-angle rescue, confined space, dive, live fire, tactical emergency casualty care, truck fundamentals, search and survival. The training calendar is set a year in advance.

Hazmat

Hazmat is assigned to E101, Hazmat 1, Rescue 1 Tower 7, Tower 8 and Tower 9. Crews are activated for incidents determined to have a need for on-site HazMat monitoring, detection and response.

Technical Rescue Team

The Technical Rescue Team (TRT) began in 1986 as the High Angle Rescue Team. It has expanded to include:

  • Confined space rescue
  • Collapse rescue
  • Trench rescue
  • Vehicle/machine rescue

Each team overlaps the others in specialized training, skill requirements and similar equipment requirements. The TRT members are responsible for the rescue people in locations that require the use of specialized skills and equipment to reach and remove them to safety. Team members include personnel from:

  • Tower 1
  • Tower 10
  • Tower 11
  • Heavy Rescue 1

Dive and Rescue Team

The Dive and Rescue Team was established in 1946. It consists of 38 specially trained divers who respond to various types of water incidents, from emergency responses to evidence recovery. All members are certified dive rescue specialists.

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  • Formed in October of 1997.
  • Created to properly honor any member of the Orlando Fire Department killed in the line of duty.
  • Some of its past accomplishments include: • Represented the City of Orlando at firefighter funerals and memorials throughout the country.
  • Escorted Governor Jeb Bush on two occasions.
  • Escorted the Mayor of New York City.
  • Opened ceremonies and conventions throughout Central Florida.
  • Has won several honor guard competitions over the years.
  • Took the lead role in organizing the Honor Guard Academy for the State of Florida fire departments, held at the Florida State Fire College.

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In 2005, 10 Orlando firefighters made the commitment to put together a bagpipe and drums band. At the time, only one member of the OFD, District Chief Mark Austin, played the bagpipes. But later that year, they played their first gig in the 2005 Citrus Bowl parade.

On December 11, 2009, the Orlando Firefighters Pipes and Drums played at the graduation of 58 new firefighter/paramedics for the newly formed San Juan Fire Rescue Department.

To request the Pipes and Drums Band, please contact orlandofirepipes@gmail.com.