The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in the Continental United States


Fire Suppression

Rescue 1 is in service and responding... KW FLUSAR


Rescue 1 is a response unit designed to carry the tools, equipment, and the personnel needed at life threatening events like serious vehicle accidents, construction accidents, and during and after major weather events or other disasters.
Rescue 1


Rescue 1 carries our existing cache of rescue equipment, and the equipment provided to us by the State for our Light Rescue Team (FL USAR 753). It has an air supply system on board capable of both filling our bottles for breathing air and powering tools. A powerful generator provides for extensive lighting capability and power tool needs. A system of reels will deploy the hydraulic lines that power the "Jaws of Life" tools that are used to extricate trapped victims. At other incidents not requiring conventional search and rescue operations, the lighting, power, and air systems will support Firefighting, Hazardous Materials, and Rescue Diver operations.


The equipment cache carried in compartments on board support High Angle or Vertical Rescue, Vehicle and Machinery Rescue, Trench Rescue, Building Collapse and Confined Space Rescue.


Our Urban Search and Rescue Team is a State designated group trained to immediately respond to incidents in our City and County. They would begin rescue operations if possible, evaluate the need for additional resources, and request them through the Local, County and State Emergency Operations System.

We appreciate the support at all levels, from the community, the City's Management, and City Commission, which makes it possible for us to respond effectively, when seconds count, to save lives.


House on Fire!
House on Fire!
Modern Firefighting is so much more than fighting fires. We use the term suppression, and more often than not, that is more accurate. We suppress the further loss of life, or the process inflicting injury, and the loss of property from many sources. Whether it is a hazardous material release, traumatic injury, vehicle accident, entrapment, fire, flood, collapse, or life threatening medical event, we respond and eliminate or minimize the loss.

Anything and Everything

Our careers are now ingrained with training and practice to ensure our ability to use vehicles, tools, equipment and techniques to respond to almost anything and everything that goes wrong. When we aren't the primary agency, we are there to assist and support the activities of Emergency Medical Services and Law Enforcement when called on.
Boat on a Dock
 Here come the KIDS!


One thing we don't suppress is how much we enjoy the visits from school children of all ages for station tours and fire safety education.

           Firefighters are OK
       Firefighter at School
The smiles we see when the lights and siren on the truck dazzle them, and the looks of awe when they see what looks like the weapons of their superheroes in the compartments on board keep our spirits high and make for lasting memories.
Kids love Fire Trucks Bubba, every kids friend
                                                                                 Bubba, every kids friend.
Then we get serious
We can measure toxins and the threat of explosion. We can shear a car into pieces to extract a trapped victim.
"We specialize in convertibles"



If chemicals or pollutants threaten our land or water we have supplies and training to halt or minimize them. When an elderly citizen calls because they have fallen and fear they are injured, we are there to help them, reassure them, and assist with getting them on the way to appropriate care.
Our 25' Fire Boat and crew at work

Fire strikes at sea, then
Fire strikes at sea, then

within minutes...
within minutes...

And when fire strikes, as it has and will continue to, we exercise those skills that are some of our sharpest. We begin a dance with a destructive force that requires both choreography and improvisation. No two incidents are the same, but our intended outcome is always to stop it, and stop it fast.
What's next?

The next call could be for a kitten trapped in a wall, or an aircraft crash just off Roosevelt Boulevard. Every new day presents unique challenges, and every day ends with the satisfaction of knowing that we were there for every call for help that was received.

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