Sarasota County Fire Department

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Fire Engine 12 working fire at  Beneva Ridge Apts. Four Alarm 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.” 


Serving the Community with P.R.I.D.E.

Professionalism - Responsibility - Integrity - Devotion to Duty - Excellence


Fire Operations

Sarasota County Fire Department protects 575 square miles with a population of approximately 405,549. Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Operations operates 22 fire-rescue stations and six EMS only stations. Sarasota County Fire Department employs 532 Firefighter/EMT’s/Paramedics and 29 administrative staff. Our department responds to over 65,579 emergencies annually, of which, approximately 8,828 are fire-related incidents.

Sarasota County Fire Department is dedicated to providing quality customer service. In order to meet this commitment, we kindly ask for your input on a few survey questions about your experience with our staff.

Interested in a career with career with Sarasota County Fire Department, visit the career opportunities page on this site for more information. Here is the fire medic application.

Fire Assessments

Sarasota County Emergency Services provides both fire suppression and emergency medical services (EMS) to unincorporated Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota and only EMS to Laurel, Nokomis, the city of Venice and Englewood.

Sarasota County utilizes a non-ad valorem Fire Assessment for the purposes of funding fire services.  The Fire Assessment program has been in place since 1996 and includes funding for fire protection, fire prevention, hazardous materials response, and technical rescue.  The program and assessment methodology is currently being updated for the 2018 Fiscal Year subject to Board of County Commissioners approval. 

Fire Assessments provide funding for the Fire Department. Fire Assessments are based upon an Equivalent Billing Unit (EBU). 1 EBU equals 100 square feet. The minimum EBU is 10 EBU's.


Emergency Medical Services

Rescue 20 and Bay Flite at Fire Prevention Open HouseThe Sarasota County Fire Department provides Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the residents of the city of Sarasota, city of Venice, and all other unincorporated areas of Sarasota County, including Nokomis and Englewood which is funded  through a .66 millage rate.


The Fire Department, utilizing standard medical protocols developed by Dr. Steven Newman, the medical director, and through on-line medical direction, is able to deliver Emergency Medical Services to patients whenever requested. EMS currently works with five in-county resource hospitals, six out-of-county resource hospitals, and Bayflite Aeromedical and Sarasota Memorial Trauma Center.

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Fire Prevention/Public Education

 Fire Prevention and Public Education is responsible for accomplishing several objectives. The primary objectives are:

  • Prevention of fires.
  • Elimination of fire and life safety hazards in buildings.
  • Review of site and development plans for new developments.
  • Review of building and fire suppression plans for new construction and remodels.
  • Enforcement of Maintenance of fire protection equipment and systems.
  • Enforcement of the Florida Fire Prevention Code and all NFPA codes adopted by State of Florida.
  • Dedication to enhancing public education in fire safety.
  • Creating a more business-friendly community.

Smoke Detector Program

Smoke detection is the first line of defense for our constituency to give an early warning that a smoke or fire condition exists within their homes. As we continue to work toward a fire safe community and helping those who need a smoke detector for their home, the Fire Prevention Bureau along with the Suppression Division have been proactive with the Fire Department’s Smoke Detector Program.

Over the years, Fire Department personnel have installed over 250 smoke detectors upon request of a homeowner or tenant. In addition to installing the detector, we provide the opportunity for a home safety inspection. We are always available to answer questions or hear concerns about fire and life safety issues. Don't forget when you change your clock, to change your battery in your smoke alarm.

The history of National Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on Oct. 9, 1871. Our annual October event gives the community the opportunity to meet the Sarasota County Fire Department personnel. Every year approximately 5,000 friends and family attend. The opportunity for some hands on training and fun appeals to everyone involved. This event is an entirely free event which exposes the community to the resources available in keeping their families safe, as well as, the exposure of career opportunities for those that may be interested in entering into an emergency services career.

Wildfire MitigationControl burn along a rural road

Wildfire Mitigation is a process used to reduce the impacts of wildfires. Many tools are utilized to achieve this, most notably prescribed burning. Prescribed burns are planned and coordinated by certified and highly trained Emergency Services staff to ensure that public safety and the health of the ecosystem is the highest priority. Additionally, Emergency Services provides educational programs on how to lessen the impacts from wildfires on residential and commercial property. The Florida Forest Service fire management information system mapping tool indicates where all existing/active wildfires are in Florida, as well as where all open burn authorizations are planned on any particular day.

For questions about obtaining authorization to burn acreage or for land clearing burns please contact the Florida Forest Service at (941) 213-6970.

For information on recreational fires or yard waste burning please contact Sarasota County Contact Center at (941) 861-5000.

Sarasota County Fire Stations

Station #
1445 4thSt., Sarasota
2070 Waldemere St., Sarasota
47 N. Adams Drive, Sarasota
3530 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota
400 N. Beneva Road Sarasota
4100 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota
4754 17thSt., Sarasota
6750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota
840 Apex Road, Sarasota
35 Vic Edwards Road, Sarasota
2200 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota
3110 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota
1170 Beach Road,Sarasota
8821 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
9102 Bloomfield Blvd., Sarasota
5875 Hummingbird Ave., Sarasota
5431 Desoto Road, Sarasota
7232 Myakka Valley Trail, Sarasota
15911 Rawls Road, Sarasota
721 Center Road, Venice
4531 Englewood Road, Venice
1930 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis (Rescue Only)
8020 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice
112 S. Harbor Drive, Venice (Rescue Only)
200 N. Grove St., Venice (Rescue Only)
5300 East Laurel Road, Venice (Rescue Only)
599 S. Indiana Ave., Englewood (Rescue Only)
1967 Englewood Road, Englewood (Rescue Only)



Fire Prevention/Inspection Survey

Fire Prevention/Inspection Survey