About BFD


The Bradenton Fire Department serves the approximate 15 square miles of the City of Bradenton from three stations, staffed with 63 career firefighters Badge of the City of Bradenton Fire Departmentdivided among three shifts (24/48). An additional 11 personnel staff the offices of the fire chief, assistant fire chief, administrative support, community risk reduction, and training. The department operates six basic life support (BLS) engine companies, two aerial ladders, a special operations/technical rescue unit, and marine units


Our Services 

Emergency Services (Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical, Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials) 

Our workforce of career firefighters and emergency medical technicians (with various special skill certifications) respond to about 5,800 incidents a year.




Community Risk Reduction

The fire marshal and fire inspectors conduct more than 2,500 inspections annually along with hundreds of plans and permit reviews, and fire investigations.

Throughout the year, the BFD actively engages with more than 5,000 community members via 100+ scheduled educational opportunities, public events, and community outreach events (including CPR classes, safety talks, smoke alarm installations, etc.).

In addition to some logistics assignments, our hydrant maintenance specialist ensures the 2,000+ hydrants in the city are in operating condition – conducting more than 1,300 interactions (inspections, (re)paint and (re)number, clearing access, flow testing, etc.annually.

To ensure all BFD firefighters are
prepared to respond to any call for service, they must partake in regular training. Training provides the opportunity to maintain proficiency in more commonly used skills as well as to become familiar with evolving risks and how to respond appropriately to those risks. To learn more about our training program, contact our Training Director.

Leadership / Administration

The fire chief serves as the head of the department and reports to city leadership on all aspects of department operations. The assistant chief provides division-specific oversight and is tasked with varied special assignments. Other administrative support personnel are responsible for a myriad of department-specific essential functions (e.g.: fiscal administration, public records, personnel support, daily office operations, division support, etc.)

We encourage you to explore our site further to learn more about our programs and services (including tips and resources on fire and life safety and disaster preparedness planning).


Our Values & Vision

The BFD Mission
Out of a calling to serve, the Bradenton Fire Department exists to provide the highest level of public safety and education to protect all.

The BFD Values
The Bradenton Fire Department values our delivery of compassionate customer service through Humility, Integrity, and Professionalism

The BFD Vision
The Bradenton Fire Department will be known as a progressive and dynamic organization, striving to provide the highest quality emergency services through innovation, community risk reduction, and a proactive approach to public safety.