The Department of Emergency Services serves the community through public safety protection in the areas of fire protection, fire prevention, emergency medical response, beach safety, disaster response, disaster planning, public safety communications support, and 9-1-1 technology support.
The department works closely with many first response agencies across the county in the shared mission of citizen safety. The department also works with the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office to maintain and support operations of the emergency 9-1-1 call center allowing our citizens, and visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week access to emergency services.
The Department includes four divisions; Public Safety Communications, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Operations, Emergency Management, and Lifeguard Operations. The team strives for service and operational excellence to make sure that our services stand out as a premier model in the Public Safety industry.
- Oct 17
It’s with great sadness we share the news this morning of the passing of Battalion Chief Bill Kocur. Our fellow brother was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in Georgia. Bill was planning to retire in March 2018 and served with the Sarasota County Fire Department for 25 years. He also served for the fire service in Manatee County before coming to the Sarasota County Fire Department. He was a lifelong resident of Sarasota and was the first baby born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on New Year’s Day, 1954. Bill’s family is working on plan for a celebration of life but we don’t have those details currently. As soon as we do, we will be sure to pass them along. To Bill’s family and friends and fellow firefighters, our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Rest easy Chief, we’ve got it from here.
- Oct 16
- Oct 14
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