Fire & Rescue

Responsibilities

The Winter Garden Fire Rescue Department is a professional career department consisting of 63 total personnel covering a city of approximately 18 square miles. Winter Garden's Fire Rescue Department operates out of three fire stations, outfitted with state of the art vehicles and equipment strategically located throughout the City to provide an exceptional level of service. All of Winter Garden's Firefighters are certified to meet the professional Firefighter qualifications for the State of Florida and are medically trained and licensed as either Emergency Medical Technicians or Paramedics.

Units

Fire / Rescue personnel respond to emergencies with three ALS (Advanced Life Support) engines, one ALS tower (100 foot aerial) truck, two ALS rescue units and a Battalion Chief vehicle. The department also has three reserve engines, three reserve ALS rescue units, a brush truck, a special event AWD unit and a 32 foot command / safety trailer; all available to respond as needed. In 2019, these units responded to over 5,569 alarms.

Response

The Winter Garden Fire/Rescue Department provides automatic joint response services with Orange County Fire Rescue Department and the City of Ocoee Fire Department. This allows the closest fire department engine to respond regardless of jurisdictional boundaries. 

Winter Garden utilizes a 2-tier medical response system, in which medical patients are treated and prepared for transport by the fire department. The Winter Garden Fire/Rescue Department then transfers patient care to American Medical Response who transports the patient to the hospital.

Rating

In 2011 the city improved its Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification Rating from a Class 5 up to a Class 4. The new rating will apply to businesses and residents located in the city who are within 5 miles of a fire station and within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant.