The Department is currently staffed with one Fire Chief, 2 Deputy Chief, five Assistant Chiefs, (one Admin/Communications, one EMS, three assigned Shift Commanders), eight Battalion Chiefs, (six assigned to shift, one Training, one EMS/Q.A.), three Supervisors, (one Communications, two Fire Prevention), 4 Captains Communications & MARC EMS Team, 12 Lieutenants, 15 Driver/Operators, 65 Paramedic/Firefighters, 32 FireFighter EMT, 36 MARC EMS TEAM, 13 Fire Inspectors,10 Communicators 10 Sprinkler Tech.
The section was created in 1968 and charged with the responsibility for fire suppression throughout the District. Today, the responsibilities of the department have grown to include emergency medical services that constitute more than 90 percent of the operational workload. The Section is comprised of six organizational units: Communications, Special Operations, EMS, MARC EMS Team, Quality Management and Training. The teamwork by these groups exemplifies the dedication to public safety shared by the entire department.
The section’s response personnel are certified by the State of Florida as Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians and Fire Safety Inspectors, with Advanced Life Support personnel certified as Paramedics. These personnel are assigned to a 24-hour rotating shift, staffing four fire stations strategically located throughout the District to minimize response times to any location. Under the direction of command level officers, each shift is responsible for staffing four engines, a tower truck, two 4 x 4 brush trucks, a specialized squad truck, a tanker and seven Advanced Life Support ambulances. In addition, the department has a special 6 x 6 aerial ladder designed to service the monorail beam in off-road areas.
Emergency Medical Services
In 1971, RCES began its delivery of emergency medical services (EMS) to the employees and guests of Walt Disney World. Initially, this service was two-fold. EMS was provided through response to the areas within the District and to provide industrial medical services to the employees of Walt Disney World after the close of their first-aid facilities. In 1976 the Department began the delivery of ALS Paramedic Services within the District. Today, 24-hour shift personnel working out of four fire stations staffing 7 in-service ALS transport units deliver this service. The EMS system is under the medical control of the Orange County Medical Director in its delivery of out of hospital care and protocols.
Special Operations (SOAR) Team
After the events of September 11, 2001, RCES made a decision to develop its own Special Operations and Response Team (SOAR) to meet the needs of our community. This move was to establish a timely response for detection and mitigation of hazardous situations without relying on, or depleting our neighbor’s resources. The SOAR Team currently consists of 36 personnel. In-depth training of SOAR personnel was conducted to ensure their compliance and proficiency as Haz-Mat Technicians, and in the monitoring and detection of chemical and biological agents, and mass decontamination. Training in other associated disciplines continue as the SOAR Team works, trains and establishes relationships with other emergency service providers.
Special Operations coordinates the various special events held within the District, the completion of local, state and federal training requirements, and quality management of department activities. In addition to these responsibilities, the Special Operations Staff provides coordination and preplanning for hazardous condition mitigation and high angle and confined space rescue.
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