Islamorada, Village of Islands
Department of Fire Rescue

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The Islamorada Fire Rescue Department is a combination career and volunteer organization operating from three (3) fire stations; station #19 Lower Matecumbe, station #20 Upper Matecumbe and station #21 Plantation Key. The department response vehicles include two (2) pumpers, one (1) 3000 gallon tanker, (1) 75’ ladder truck and three (3) rescue/ambulances and one  (1) reserve rescue. There are eight (8) full time firefighter/EMS employees on duty, providing Emergency Medical Service, Rescue and Fire Suppression working a 24/48-hour shift. The Department also has 20 highly dedicated and trained volunteer firefighters that respond to fire and rescue incidents along side of the career firefighters.

The department is statutorily charged with Fire Prevention duties of fire safety plan review and inspections of commercial and multi-family occupancies. Emergency Management responsibilities include planning, preparedness, response and mitigation for man-made or natural disasters. The department also administers and manages a comprehensive training program and provides the community with public education on fire prevention and disaster planning and preparedness as well as provides mutual aid assistance to those agencies in need.

We have an Insurance Service Offices (ISO) rating of 2. In calendar year 2013 the Fire Rescue Department responded to 1179 alarms of which 73% were medical in nature.

Islamorada Fire Rescue Station #20 has been officially named Bernard Russell Station. By resolution of Village Council the founder of Islamorada Fire Rescue was honored by naming Station #20 the Bernard Russell Fire Station. Click here for more

Fire Chief

Terry Abel
Islamorada Fire Rescue
305-664-6490 Office

Fire Officers

Assistant Fire Chief – Jason Lyman

Captain of Fire Prevention – Walt Mason

Captain of Training – Tom Strobel

Shift Captain - Rob Burley

 Shift Captain – Geo Toth

Shift Captain – Robert Young

Lieutenant – Glenn Taylor

Lieutenant – Steve Buzzell, Sr.

Safety Officer – Chris Staton

On-Line Training
NIMS & ICS Training - click here
FEMA Independent Study – click here

Fire Safety Tips For Your Home and Business





Other Department Links

Be Aware Of Scam telephone Solicitations click here

Fire and Emergency resources on the internet, including storm weather here

Islamorada Fire Rescue Privacy Notice click here

Holiday Fire Safety: Islamorada Fire Rescue urges everyone to be fire safe during the holidays: click here for more information

Village of Islamorada Fire Rescue Archive - click here

Village of Islamorada Fire Rescue Video Broadcasts

1.) Islamorada Fire Rescue Who We Are - click here for video
2.) Islamorada Fire Rescue What We Do - click here for video
3.) Islamorada Fire Rescue Hurricanes - click here for video
4.) Islamorada Fire Rescue Past and Present - click here for video

If you have any more questions or would like to inspect your Village Fire Department and/or equipment please call us at 305-664-6490, or click here - and we will set up an appointment at your convenience. Thank you!


Maintained by:  Islamorada Fire Rescue Department

Posted on 1/14/2015