Dear Future Member
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Firefighter with the Southwest Ranches Fire-Rescue Department. Our organization has proudly served the citizens of our area since 1956 and has served the Town of Southwest Ranches since its incorporation in 2001.
Firefighting is a unique experience. Members of our Department continue to carry on in this country’s tradition of volunteer service. Membership provides not only the experiences of firefighting and assisting your community, but will also give you unique experience in the bond of comradeship with your fellow firefighters,
The Department conducts training every Tuesday evening (except on meeting nights) from 1900-2100 hours. Department meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 1900 hours at Town Hall. All members are required to attend weekly trainings and meetings.
All Firefighters are required to be certified to at least the Firefighter I/II Level by the State of Florida Division of Financial Services Division of the State Fire Marshal and Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT-B) by Florida Department of Health.
The Department will provide you with a set of turnout gear and a basic uniform. The Department maintains worker’s compensation insurance, supplemental insurance, and general liability insurance to benefit all members.
Currently the Department is operating 24/7 responding to all calls in Zone 112-Delta in conjunction with Davie Fire Rescue. The Department is running all types of calls within the Town limits. Currently the Department is staffing the apparatus 24/7 where members of the department work 24 hour shifts.
Please complete the attached application to start your membership process and return it to our Department. You are required to create 2 packets as indicated in the new hire checklist on the following page. You must attach all documents and forms in the same order as the checklist, and fill in all corresponding dates on the checklist. For all FEMA NIMS Courses you may visit the following website https://training.fema.gov/nims/. For the Courage To Be Safe Certificate you may visit the following link to take the course free of charge https://www.fireherolearningnetwork.com/Training_Programs/Courage_To_Be_Safe.aspx.
If you desire to assist the Department by volunteering in an administrative capacity but do not wish to become a certified firefighter, please contact us directly to begin that process.
Again, thank you for your interest in our Department and we look forward to you becoming part of our team.
The Southwest Ranches Fire Department conducts weekly training for our members. This training includes Personal Protective gear training, Hose evolutions, ladders, ventilation,, water supply evolutions, and Fire Attack just to name some of our training.
Training has been conducted at the Broward Fire Academy. Members have participated in Live Fire Training, Flashover Awareness, and Fighting fires in Automobiles. Training at the Fire Academy also consists of practical evolutions and search and rescue. Members have also trained in auto-extrication using the recently purchased extrication equipment.
Training is also conducted on a daily basis by members that work 24 hr. Shifts. The daily training is conducted by the Officer in charge of the shift. This training is a minimum of two hours per shift. Each member of our department receives between 15-and 20 hours “Hands-On” training per month as well as online training assignments.
It is the goal of the Training Division to Train our members to the highest standards so that we ensure the highest level of service to our residents and visitors to Southwest Ranches.
Please do not take the application packet to Town Hall or Station 82. In order to have your application reviewed and turned in, contact Sara Arenson at 954-612-2151 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once your application has been reviewed and accepted, they will contact you for an interview with the Fire Chief.
Make sure you also review the New hire handout PDF.