County & Department Overview

About St. Johns County

St. Johns County has so much to brag about. Year round mild climate, miles of sandy beaches, the distinction of being home to the Nation's Oldest City and amenities galore all contribute to a lifestyle few other cities can duplicate.

St. Augustine's more than four centuries of history beckon over 5 million visitors from around the world each year. Founded in 1565 by the Spanish, St. Augustine is a city of carefully preserved historic sites, attractions, and neighborhoods. Spanish influence is seen in architecture, street names, foods, and art.

Forty two miles of beach offer a natural playground for all kinds of water sports, from fishing to boating, sailing, surfing, windsurfing even kayaking. St. Johns County is home to several major fishing tournaments. The beaches, too, are a playground for swimming, volleyball, beach paddle tennis, and people watching.

St. Johns County is fast becoming known as a world headquarters for sports, and the gem of this area is the World Golf Village. The only attraction of its kind, the World Golf Village is both a tribute to the game of golf as well as an international travel destination. Adding to St. Johns County's status as a world sports destination is the headquarters of the PGA TOUR, located in Ponte Vedra Beach. The PGA TOUR headquarters hosts THE PLAYERS Championship (TPC) every March, with a tournament purse of $2.5 million. (Information from the St. Augustine Chamber of Commerce)

About St. Johns County Fire Rescue

St. Johns County Fire Rescue is directly responsible for the operation of the County’s fire rescue system and for providing direction and control to the County’s professional and volunteer firefighters. The Department is divided into five sections—Operations, Fire Prevention, Training, Logistics, and Support Services.

The Operations Section consists of assigned personnel responding from 18 stations. Activities include advanced life support pre-hospital emergency medical care and ambulance transportation, fire suppression activities, specialty rescue situations, motor vehicle accidents, disasters and hazardous materials incidents. Another component within Operations is Fire Rescue Communications, located in the county Emergency Operations Center.

Fire Prevention Section activities include conducting fire safety reviews of commercial building plans and conducting inspections of new and existing buildings as required by Florida Statutes. Further, this section investigates structural fires to determine cause and origin, and gives assistance to law enforcement agencies in arson cases. Programs designed for young and old give emphasis to the objective that prevention is a year round responsibility of our department.

The Training section is responsible for the development of all Department fire and medical training. In addition, this section offers regional training to include Fire Officer I and II, Fire Inspector certification series, Hazardous Materials Technician Series, Paramedic, ALS and BLS recurrent training, Community CPR training and specialty rescue programs.

Fire Rescue apparatus, equipment, and department facilities are the focus of the Logistics Section. Everything from supply and apparatus ordering, vehicle and facility maintenance, resource allocation at emergency events—all fall to the Logistics personnel.

The Support Services Section is charged with the responsibility of the Department’s finances, budget management, and state licensure procedures. Additionally, rescue transport charges are assessed and routed through this section.