Apply Now for BCFR Sponsorship to Attend Eastern Florida State EMT and Fire Training Programs
By Space Coast Daily // February 12, 2023
BCFR is ALS transport agency, hires Florida certified Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA— The Brevard County Fire Rescue sponsorship program provides funding to recipients to attend Eastern Florida State Colleges EMT and Fire training programs.
Brevard County Fire Rescue is an ALS transport agency that hires State of Florida certified Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics.
Applicants must possess a valid State of Florida driver’s license, CPR/ACLS certification, and a current CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test).
Applicants will be required to pass a high-level background investigation.
All Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians must agree to become paramedic certified within Departmental time frames. Tuition will be provided by the Department.
Recipients then enter employment as BCFR firefighters/EMTs.
Send an email to request the sponsorship application: Annette.Barrios@Brevardfl.gov.
About Brevard County Fire Rescue
Brevard County Fire Rescue provides fire suppression services for unincorporated Brevard County. Currently, BCFRoperates:
■ 31 Fire/EMS Stations
■ 17 ALS Fire Engines
■ 30 ALS Ambulances
■ 4 ALS Squad Units
■ 1 Tower Ladder Truck
■ 4 Ladder Trucks
■ 22 Brush Trucks
■ 1 Hazardous Materials Truck
■ 2 Breathing Air Units
■ 5 District Chiefs
■ 1 Fire/Rescue Boats
■ 1 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Tractor Trailer
■ 1 Mobile Command Trailer
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Brevard County Fire Rescue’s Division of EMS is committed in providing citizens with the highest quality of emergency medical service. BCFR operates 30 ambulance/transport units, 17 advanced life support (ALS) fire engines, and four ALS Squad Units.
All ambulance/transport units are staffed with either two firefighters/paramedics or one firefighter/paramedic and one firefighter / EMT. All ALS engines are staffed with at least one firefighter/paramedic. The department provides emergency ambulance transport services for the entire county, with a total response area of more than 1000 square miles.
BCFR operates the only State recognized Specialized Response Team in Brevard County. Housed at Station #48 in West Viera, the Special Operations Team is dispatched throughout the county for calls including:
■ Building Collapse
■ Hazardous Materials Events
■ Heavy Vehicle Extrication
■ Trench Rescue
■ Rope Rescue
■ Confined Space Rescue
■ Terrorism Events
All members of the Special Operations Team must be certified Hazardous Materials Technicians. Additionally, team members receive advanced training in the following:
■ Chemical operation and biological response
■ Emergency response to terrorism bombing
■ Emergency response to nuclear emergencies
■ Advanced Life Support for Hazardous Materials
The Brevard County Ocean Rescue Division provides safe swimming and beach protection to all Brevard County residents, visitors, and tourists in designated areas of unincorporated Brevard County. Currently, there are 5 full-time protected areas and 26 seasonal protected areas at various beachfront parks.
All Ocean Lifeguards are United States Lifesaving Association certified with a minimum of First Responder training. The scope of responsibility for the lifeguards includes accident and drowning prevention, public education, citizen assistance, search and recovery of lost children, basic life support, and swimmer rescues.
Located in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Rockledge, BCFR’s Emergency Communications Center is fully operational seven days per week, 24 hours a day. The Communication Center is equipped with the Enhanced 911 System, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), and A Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD).
A state-of-the-art radio system is used for communication with the field units. Four systems are monitored by emergency medical dispatchers, which maintain awareness of the locations and dispositions of all Fire Rescue resources. A backup radio system is available in the event of natural disasters or equipment failures.