The Rescue Division is a subdivision of the Operations Division at the Lakeland Fire Department. It consists of the department’s Rescue Chief and three Rescue Captains; the rescue captains manage the medical rescue needs of each of their respective shifts and also serve as Incident Safety Officers on all major scenes.
The Lakeland Fire Department is classified as a non-transport fire department providing Advanced Life Support throughout its service delivery area. Although not a transport department, LFD provides medical services throughout its service area with impressive response times thanks to the vicinity of the department’s stations to its service base and ability of its highly trained medical responders.
The Emergency Medical Services Division consists of 100 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), 71 Paramedics, three Rescue Captains, and a Rescue Chief. The approximately 18,000 medical calls that LFD responded to account for 70% of the department’s response, emphasizing the important role the division plays on the department’s overall operations.
The Rescue Division ensures that the department’s Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics have all the equipment, training, support, and medical oversight necessary to provide the highest standard of emergency medical care to the citizens and visitors of Lakeland.