Cocoa Fire Department’s 100 Years of Service Celebration Planned For August 8 Postponed

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Cocoa Fire Department 100 Years of Service Celebration, originally planned for August 8, has been postponed due to COVID-19. (City of Cocoa image)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The Cocoa Fire Department 100 Years of Service Celebration, originally planned for August 8, has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Located along the banks of the Indian River in East Central Florida, the department was organized in 1920 by volunteers operating out of one fire station in the area that is now Historic Cocoa Village.

In 1927 the department appointed its first Volunteer Fire Chief, James MacMillan and in 1959 the City hired its first career Fire Chief, David Salisbury.

Today, the department provides fire protection and prevention, firefighting, rescue, Advanced Life Support, and Hazardous Materials response capabilities to prevent or minimize injury, loss of life, and damage to property and the environment.

The department serves the community from three fire stations, responding to some 5,500 incidents per year. Emergency incidents vary from emergency medical to motor vehicle accidents to structure and wildland fires, often with a response time of less than 5 minutes.

Forty-three members are certified firefighters and all are either Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic certified.

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