Fire Department

The Department

The Key West Fire Department is a full-service fire rescue dedicated to the promotion and protection of the well-being of residents and guests of our vibrant island city.

The Mission

We strive every day to provide the best medical service, fire suppression response, and fire prevention enforcement we can, both on land and on the water, to enhance the quality of life and safety here in Key West, and we don’t stop there. Further services include responding to hazardous materials, educating the public about fire safety, disaster management, and beyond.

The Vision

The Key West Fire Department is committed to constant improvement every year through training and evaluation. This pursuit has earned us the exemplary Class 1 rating that less than 200 of the 50,000 departments in the U.S. hold. We aim to maintain this rating and exceed the expectations it carries.

May 19, 2022

Key West firefighters successfully quelled a car fire at the corner of South Street and White.  No one was injured, but the vehicle was severely damaged.

Car Fire 2022
Smokin CarCar on Fire

May 19, 2022

Key West Fire Department's Firefighters 2022 Academy

Fourteen Key West High School students graduated from the Key West Fire Department's Firefighters Academy in May of 2022.  Proud families, Key West Fire Department members, and City officials were on hand during the ceremony to acknowledge these students' hard work and dedication who have invested two years of training for their future careers as first responders.

These students earned certifications in Firefighter I, Emergency Medical Responder, and Hazmat Awareness.

Lt Tim Anson, who leads the academy, praised the group for its tenacity to finish the academy, noting that they would do their grueling physical training in the early hours before heading off to a full day of high school.

City Manager Patti McLauchlin thanked the students for their community spirit and presented each graduate with a City challenge coin.

The two-year fire academy trains future firefighters while they're attending their final two years of high school and provides them, upon completion, the equivalent training of a Certified Firefighter I, which puts them halfway through the training required to become a Key West Firefighter.

2022 Fire Academy student graduates