The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in the Continental United States


Fire Department

Established in 1875, the Key West Fire Department has a rich and proud history of service and commitment to the residents and guests of our island city. Our department is divided into four divisions; Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Prevention and Emergency Management & Training.

 On April 14th of 2016 the Insurance Services Office presented the Key West Fire Department with a Class 1 rating. Our department is now one of only 178 fire departments in the country with this exemplary rating, out of over 48,000 communities. This Class 1 designation for our suppression division provides the residents and businesses of Key West with the lowest possible fire insurance costs.

 On April 1st of 2015 the Key West Fire Department was given the responsibility to provide emergency medical care and transport. In our first year of service we received 6,427 total calls for medical service, 4,481 of these calls resulted in a patient being transported to the hospital by our rescue units. We are committed to improve every year through training and constant evaluation.

The Fire Prevention Bureau has progressed to provide a very high level of service to include life safety inspections, plans review, fire investigations and public safety presentations throughout the community. The Fire Marshal’s office is also instrumental in the planning and execution of safely protecting an extraordinary number of special events throughout the year.

Emergency Management coordinates with County, State and Federal agencies to prepare for natural or man-made disasters that could challenge our vulnerable island. The Training Division of our small department rivals the training provided by much larger cities by ensuring the highest level of expertise possible with a very limited number of firefighters. Most of our men and women are trained in multiple disciplines to prepare for the varied array of challenges our community could face.

It is my great honor and distinct pleasure to lead such an accomplished team of professionals. Our department is committed to protecting life and property today and every day, with the dedication taught to us by our predecessors and a pledge to prepare for future responsibilities before they arise.

Stay Safe!

Michael Davila

Fire Chief


The Key West Fire Department is proud to present Ladder 1. It is a Pierce Velocity Heavy Duty Aluminum Ladder unit. It provides aerial firefighting and Rescue capabilities to structures up to seventy feet high.
KWFD Ladder 1

Our Vision

The Key West Fire Department envisions itself to be a model of Fire Service for the Citizens and visitors of Key West.

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Alan Averette
Alan Averette,
Fire Chief
Fire Department
1600 N Roosevelt Blvd
Key West, FL 33040
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