Fire Rescue Operations
During 2013, the Department of Fire Rescue responded to 86 working structure fires, 168 brush fires, 70 vehicle fires, 765 vehicle accidents, and 5,231 other calls. Including basic life support calls, false alarms, hazardous conditions, and other calls, the Department responded to a total of 6,320 for the year.
Operations is responsible for fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, water rescue, technical rescues, and disaster response. The Operations section oversees 14 active fire stations that provide these emergency services.
Other duties include: developing fire pre-plans to commercial buildings, inspection of all fire hydrants, and providing a wide range of services to the community including blood-pressure screening, tours of firehouses and apparatus, and safety presentations within the community.
Above and beyond responding to emergencies, training, and public education to the business and public communities, all firefighters are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their apparatus, equipment, and the station.
The Fire Prevention section provides for life and fire safety education, inspection of existing buildings and new construction, and plan review. The section is responsible for reviewing all plans for commercial new construction, interior remodels, and fire sprinkler systems. Prevention
Providing fire safety education to the public to minimize the occurrence of fire and train the community in appropriate actions to take when faced with an emergency, is a fire protection strategy particularly important to Fire Rescue.
Special Operations Team
The Special Operations Teams is a Certified Type ll Regional Response Team for the State of Florida. It is able to engage at the highest level of HAZMAT response and actively acts as liaison between the Fire Rescue Service and other involved agencies on hazardous materials incidents.
The members of the Citrus County Hazardous Materials Type II regional response team are utilized as a State resource. CBRNE Hazardous Materials Response Team are a regional response team that has additional technical Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) assessment capabilities intended to be capable of mitigating most Hazmat incidents without outside assistance at a large or prolonged incident. As a State resource, our team can be deploy throughout the region, State, or out of State. We must be able to coordinate our actions in an emergency using an interface that facilitates communications between incompatible devices.
Acquiring advanced training is high on the team's agenda. The team works to stay abreast of the latest technologies, acquiring and putting into service high-tech air monitoring devices, spill and leak mitigation tools, and personal protective clothing. The team also monitors the latest trends in HAZMAT response such as Bio-Terrorism, which now is a highly perceived threat.
Members of the team are concerned about keeping up with and even trying to stay ahead of any trend or activity that poses a threat to the safety of Citrus County Citizens or the Environment.