The Department of Emergency Services serves the community through public safety protection in the areas of fire protection, fire prevention, emergency medical response, beach safety, disaster response, disaster planning, public safety communications support, and 9-1-1 technology support.
The department works closely with many first response agencies across the county in the shared mission of citizen safety. The department also works with the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office to maintain and support operations of the emergency 9-1-1 call center allowing our citizens, and visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week access to emergency services.
The Department includes four divisions; Public Safety Communications, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Operations, Emergency Management, and Lifeguard Operations. The team strives for service and operational excellence to make sure that our services stand out as a premier model in the Public Safety industry.
- Aug 21
A trough of low pressure (Invest 92L located near the central Bahamas continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some slow development of this system is possible during the next several days while it moves west-northwestward across the Bahamas and then turns northwestward or northward near Florida and the adjacent waters. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.
- Aug 21
The CDC says the partial eclipse that happens before & after can permanently damage your vision. Use proper eye protection
- Aug 21
A total solar eclipse—when the moon completely covers the sun—will be visible from coast to coast on August 21, 2017. This amazing event lasts only about 2 minutes and is safe to watch, but the partial eclipse that happens before and after can permanently damage your vision. Use proper eye protection for safe viewing! https://www.cdc.gov/features/solar-eclipse-safety/index.html
- Aug 17
July 2017 Stats for SCFD and Lifeguards!
- Aug 17
**Update** State Fire Marshal is responding to confirm cause of fire. SCFD is on scene in the 3900 block of Hamilton Club Dr for a fire. Fire was in the wall of the home, it has been extinguished at this time. Crews are checking for extension at this time. **Traffic Alert** Higel Ave is shut down in both directions near the location of the call. Please avoid the area while crews are on scene.
- Aug 17
Sarasota County Emergency Services has updated the methodology for determining fire assessments and is inviting the community to learn about the proposed changes to the fire assessments. Fire assessments are charges imposed against real property to fund the fire services provided to citizens. Current fire assessment rates and methodology remain unchanged since 2003. During that time the County experienced tremendous growth across all areas of commercial, residential, and multi-family properties. Based upon an initiative to update the fire assessment program, a review of fire department service delivery and historical emergency incident data identified the need to update the assessment methodology. The new methodology accounts for the growth and shifts in fire department responses which results in reductions to some property classifications and increase to other property classifications. The new change in methodology will include government buildings and removes special agricultural zones, reducing the number of classifications from four to three. The assessment will also only include primary structures and not out buildings such as barns, sheds and similar structures. Sarasota County is committed to keeping the public involved and up-to-date throughout the process. On May 23 the commission approved the updated methodology as well as the initial rate resolution. The not to exceed assessment rates were affirmed on July 12 with the approval to move forward with TRIM notifications scheduled for mailing on August 18. Residents will receive this notice of proposed taxes with the new fire assessment fees that will be assessed on their tax bill mailed in November. Commissioners will decide the final fire assessment rates at the public hearing for final budget adoption on September 11. Residents may attend any or all of the following public meetings to learn more, ask questions, and provide comments. Meetings will take place at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the following dates at these locations: • August 22: North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota. • August 24: Fire Station No. 10, 35 Vic Edwards Rd., Sarasota. • August 29: Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota. • August 31: Fire Station No. 16, 5875 Hummingbird Ave., Sarasota • September 5: Fire Station No. 1, 1445 4th St., Sarasota.