Okeechobee Fire Department

We strongly believe in community involvement and providing the highest levels of service to all of our citizens. With one central fire station strategically located inside the City, we have an excellent response presence in residential, commercial, and industrial areas to ensure that the emergency and service needs of the community are met in an effective and efficient manner.

Our significance to the community is measured by the service we can provide. We are grateful for the commitment and perseverance of our firefighters, fire inspectors, dispatchers, and support staff on a daily basis. It is that dedication that enables us to provide the highest levels of emergency services to the citizens of Okeechobee.


Okeechobee Fire Department Mission

To prevent, prepare for, and mitigate emergencies to protect the citizens and visitors of the City of Okeechobee through distinctive service and progressive leadership.


Okeechobee Fire Department Vision

The City of Okeechobee Fire Department is a progressive and unified organization creating a safe and secure community.


Core Values

Safety
Members of the City of Okeechobee Fire Department consider the health and safety of its firefighters essential to fulfill our mission to the citizens and visitors of Okeechobee. We are committed to providing the utmost health and safety programs for our members’ well-being and operational readiness.

Community
Members of the City of Okeechobee Fire Department value being involved in the community where we work. Our responsibility is to protect life, property, and the environment. We are dedicated to achieving that goal and expanding our involvement in the community we serve. No request or inquiry will go unanswered.

Professionalism
We understand the importance of portraying professionalism at all times. As professionals, we are steadfast in providing the highest levels of service to our tax payers by retaining operational readiness through preparation, education, and continual self-improvement.

Empowerment
Fire Department Supervisors recognize the importance of staff involvement in decision making and delegate authority to the most appropriate level. We have confidence that a united team can achieve far more than an individual effort.

Efficiency/Effectiveness
We realize the significance of organizational sustainability. Therefore, we value fiscal discretion and strive to be effective and efficient in the execution of our duties.

Integrity
Members of the City of Okeechobee Fire Department are authentic and unbiased in our relations with our business partners and citizens. We are honorable to our profession and we encourage each other to maintain trustworthiness, openness, and sincerity.


Department Overview

The services provided by the City of Okeechobee Fire Department include:

  • Fire and medical responses.
  • Special operations (technical rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, and vehicle extrication) with mutual aid assistance from Okeechobee County Fire Rescue if needed.
  • Hazardous material (awareness level response) with limited mitigation abilities, Chemical, Biological,  Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE).
  • Mutual aid responses (OFD has written mutual aid with the Treasure Coast Fire Chief's Association that includes all of the city and county departments in the Treasure Coast areas).
  • We also have written understandings with OCFR for fire and medical responses as well as the Florida Forestry Services (DOF).
  • We have unwritten understandings with Glades County and the Seminole Reservation.
  • Public education (public and private schools, along with daycares and walk-ins).
  • We offer CPR and other safety classes/certifications.
  • Fire prevention inspections (requests from BTR department and state required inspections/pre-fire planning.
  • Fire investigation (Fire Chief conducts investigations with assistance of the State Fire Investigator).
  • Emergency and disaster preparedness (Emergency Operations Center, planning, community emergency response teams, and disaster training/drills/exercises).

     

Contact Information

The City Fire Department non-emergency telephone number is (863) 763-9796, fax number is (863) 763-4489. You may also contact the following fire department personnel by e-mail.


Herb Smith, Fire Chief
(863) 467-1586
hsmith@cityofokeechobee.com

 

Sue Christopher, Administrative Secretary
(863) 467-1586
schristopher@cityofokeechobee.com