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 Sarasota County Fire and Emergency Medical Services


Sarasota County Fire/Emergency Medical Services includes:

  • Fire Operations
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Special Operations
  • Fire Prevention and Public Education
  • Wildland Fire Mitigation

2017 Fast Facts

  • Sarasota County Fire Department (SCFD) has 28 stations and serves a population of 390,000 residents and covers 575 square miles.
  • Our fleet includes 28 engines, 32 ambulances and 74 specialty and support vehicles.
  • Fire Calls -  8,097                    
  • EMS Calls – 62,742     
  • SCFD provides Fire Service for the city of Sarasota and for Unincorporated Sarasota County excluding Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department and Englewood Fire-Control District.
  • We provide all EMS service in Sarasota County except for the city of North Port and the Town of Longboat Key.
  • Sarasota County has 535 career personnel – 533 Responders and 29 Administrative/Support members.
  • Fire Administration staff consists of the Fire Chief, two Assistant Chiefs, four Division Chiefs, 16 Battalion Chiefs, six EMS Operations Captains and six Training Captain positions.
  • Sarasota County has an ISO Rating of 2/2Y.

 Sarasota County Fire Department

Sarasota County’s Fire service represents over 100 years of dedicated and heroic service by the professional firefighters, paramedics and EMTs of your Fire Department.
Throughout our history, we have much to be proud of and thankful for. Starting with the tenuous beginnings of the first group of volunteers and culminating with a high-performing professional organization, a tremendous amount of work and support from many people has helped build this organization into what it is today. This work refers to the devoted efforts made to improve our service through continuous training and enhanced service delivery to those we serve.
The Sarasota County Fire Department is one of the finest fire departments in the world. The Sarasota County Fire Department will never waver in the relentless pursuit of our mission: “Saving Lives and Protecting Property.”

Please take a short survey, if you have had to use one of the services.
Thank you.

 A Little History


Our history dates back to the early 1900s. As a result of some major fires in 1910, the first organized fire department was established.

As our community grew, we went from being a volunteer fire department to a paid professional department that provides world class services such as Fire Suppression, Special Operations, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Prevention, Public Education, and other services.

We pride ourselves in becoming involved with community events and believe in showing our support in local and national causes.



 EMS Customer Service Survey


 Fire Prevention/Inspection Survey


 Fire Operations Survey


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