Palm Bay Fire Shares Station With Brevard County

By  //  February 15, 2014

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will Improve Delivery of Fire-Rescue Services

ABOVE VIDEO: In addition to working with Palm Bay Fire Rescue, Brevard County Fire Rescue also has an auto-aid agreement with Satellite Beach, cohabitating in the same station and have a rare agreement in that they co-staff the same apparatus – Tower 63. 

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA — The first fully operational shifts are on duty at Palm Bay’s newest fire-rescue station in Southwest Palm Bay.

PBFR Station 6 is now co-located with Brevard County Fire Rescue (BCFR) at Station 89 on Degroodt Road next to Bayside High School to the south.  The newly renovated and jointly operated station is equipped with Brevard County’s two-person ambulance crew and Palm Bay’s four-person engine crew along with a brush truck which formerly was housed at Palm Bay Fire Rescue (PBFR) Station 2 on Malabar Road. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

PBFR Station 6 is now co-located with Brevard County Fire Rescue (BCFR) at Station 89 on Degroodt Road next to Bayside High School to the south. The newly renovated and jointly operated station is equipped with Brevard County’s two-person ambulance crew and Palm Bay’s four-person engine crew along with a brush truck which formerly was housed at Palm Bay Fire Rescue (PBFR) Station 2 on Malabar Road. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

PBFR Station 6 is now co-located with Brevard County Fire Rescue (BCFR) at Station 89 on Degroodt Road next to Bayside High School to the south.

The newly renovated and jointly operated station is equipped with Brevard County’s two-person ambulance crew and Palm Bay’s four-person engine crew along with a brush truck which formerly was housed at Palm Bay Fire Rescue (PBFR) Station 2 on Malabar Road.

AGREEMENT PROVIDES THE QUICKEST RESPONSE 

The shared space creates PBFR Station 6/BCFR Station 89 and is part of an Automatic Aid Inter-local Agreement with Brevard County that went into effect last year.

The agreement allows both agencies to be first responders in each other’s jurisdiction in order to provide the quickest response to residents, especially those near the borders.

The first fully operational shifts are on duty at Palm Bay’s newest fire-rescue station in Southwest Palm Bay. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

The first fully operational shifts are on duty at Palm Bay’s newest fire-rescue station in Southwest Palm Bay. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

“This is a win for everyone,” said Fire Chief Jim Stables.

“Our need for a sixth station to serve the citizens of southwest Palm Bay was critical and this is the best and most efficient way to deliver that service.”

Last year Brevard County Fire Rescue Stations 84 and 85 left Harris Corporation property when construction began on the company’s new Technology Center.

“The agreement benefits the citizens of both communities and meets Brevard County Fire Rescue’s mission to provide the best possible customer service, first and foremost,” said Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Larry Collins.

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Larry Collins

During the summer months, crews from BCFR Station 85 moved to a temporary location at BCFR Station 88 at Palm Bay Hospital and the crews from BCFR Station 84 moved to shared space at PBFR Station 1 on Port Malabar Boulevard.

“The agreement benefits the citizens of both communities and meets Brevard County Fire Rescue’s mission to provide the best possible customer service, first and foremost,” said Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Larry Collins.

“It’s also an efficient and effective use of government resources for the public good.”

AGREEMENT WITH BCFR IMPROVES DELIVERY OF FIRE-RESCUE SERVICES

Jim Stables

Jim Stables

Once all Station 6 crews are moved into the jointly operated city/county station, BCFR will relocate its Rescue 85 to shared space at PBFR Station 2.

“When it’s all said and done, we will have three of our stations sharing space,” Chief Stables added.

“Our auto-aid agreement and co-location agreement with the county effectively doubles our resource and response capabilities.” An official public opening of the station will take place in a few weeks.


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