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Divisions and Special Teams


Orlando Fire Chief, Roderick Williams oversees the day-to-day operations of the department which is made up of three bureaus, each led by the following deputy chiefs:

  • Deputy Chief Gary Fussell, Field Operations Bureau
  • Deputy Chief Richard Wales, Fire Supportive Services Bureau 
  • Deputy Chief Ian Davis, Fire Administration Services Bureau

The Orlando Fire Department’s bureaus are made up of divisions and special teams that strive to improve the health and safety of Orlando residents, keep up with new technologies and advancements, nourish professional development, promote transparency and play a prominent role in the community. These key areas of focus are what has made OFD one of only 15 departments in the nation to hold both International Accreditation and an ISO 1 Classification.

Read the 2015/2016 OFD Annual Report.

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Orlando Fire Department Communication Center

The Communications Center has 30 civilian employees consisting of Emergency Communications Specialists, Supervisors, Technical Support and Managers. There are two sections in the Communications Center:

  • Call taker – Handles incoming emergency and non-emergency calls using a computer aided dispatch system.
  • Radio Dispatch – Dispatches call for service to the citizens of Orlando via an 800 MHz radio system.

Learn how to become an OFD Emergency Communications Specialist (ECS).

Emergency Medical Services

Orlando Fire Department provides exemplary care to the citizens of Orlando through treatment and transport of those patients with illnesses and injuries. All of our firefighters are certified EMTs or Paramedics. In 2015, the Orlando Fire Department responded to more than 60,000 emergency incidents ranging from fires and emergency medical calls to rescue and other emergency-type incidents. Of those, 60,000 calls more than 20,000 were medical transports.

Special Investigative Services Division

This division has three primary responsibilities:

  1. Fire Investigation:The Orlando Arson/Bomb Squad are certified fire investigators. Other municipalities rely on the State Fire Marshal’s office to determine the cause of a fire, whereas Orlando has the specialty training to uncover the cause and origin of fires. Fire investigation includes fire physics, arson behavior, evidence gathering, fire protection and hazardous materials.
  2. Bomb Squad: Intervention and investigation of incidents involving explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices and render safe procedures.
  3. Internal affairs investigations conducts formal interrogations when deemed necessary in cases involving fire personnel and misconduct.

Members of this division are:

  • Certified firefighters
  • Sworn law enforcement officers
  • FBI certified bomb technicians

Bomb Squad is equipped with:

  • One bomb disposal truck and a bomb disposal trailer.
  • Remotec F6A robot for hands-off operations during bomb disposal operations.

Division personnel:

Orlando Fire Department Training

Orlando Fire Department training is vital component of our organization. We train in many capacities, including technical rescue, high-angle rescue, confined space, dive, live fire, tactical emergency casualty care, truck fundamentals, search and survival. The training calendar is set a year in advance.

Special Operations Division

  1. Hazmat

    Hazmat is assigned to E101, Hazmat 1, Rescue 1 Tower 7, Tower 8 and Tower 9. Crews are activated for incidents determined to have a need for on-site HazMat monitoring, detection and response.
  2. Technical Rescue Team

    The Technical Rescue Team (TRT) began in 1986 as the High Angle Rescue Team. It has expanded to include:

    • Confined space rescue
    • Collapse rescue
    • Trench rescue
    • Vehicle/machine rescue

    Each team overlaps the others in specialized training, skill requirements and similar equipment requirements.

    The TRT members are responsible for the rescue people in locations that require the use of specialized skills and equipment to reach and remove them to safety.

    Team members include personnel from:

    • Tower 1
    • Tower 10
    • Tower 11
    • Heavy Rescue 1

  3. Dive and Rescue Team

    The Dive and Rescue Team was established in 1946. It consists of 38 specially trained divers who respond to various types of water incidents, from emergency responses to evidence recovery.  All members are certified dive rescue specialists. 


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