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​Emergency Management​



The Emergency Management Division is committed to reducing vulnerability to hazards and minimizing the impact of disasters through preparation, response, and recovery. Under the command of the Division Chief of Emergency Management, the Emergency Management Team contributes to various local, state, and federal committees, teams, and work groups in support of Homeland Security and a safer Palm Beach County


​Disaster Deployment

  • The Emergency Management Coordinator confirms that rosters for disaster deployment are up to date, ensures that proper training is available, and PBCFR personnel are ready to respond to disasters outside of Palm Beach County or Florida. 

Domestic Security

  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement administers seven Regional Domestic Security Task Forces (RDSTFs), serving as the foundation of Florida’s domestic security structure. Task force members include first responders from fire rescue, emergency management, public health, hospitals, and law enforcement. PBCFR provides a multi-operational presence to the Southeast Florida RDSTF. By utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach and working in conjunction with Emergency Management professionals the RDSTF provides support to impacted communities and local agencies.

Training and Exercises

  • Emergency responses to large-scale incidents in PBC require a strong unified command presence achieved with partnerships between law enforcement and fire rescue officials. PBCFR works with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure all are trained to respond to any emergency event. This training includes drills at the local Emergency Operations Center, participation in active shooter drills, and regional hazardous material drills​
​Hurricane Idalia Deployment

  • On August 29, the Southeast Florida Region 7 All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) was called upon to aid Taylor County, Florida, in its recovery efforts following Hurricane Idalia. The team assisted at the Taylor County EOC for over 14 days, working closely with their Emergency Management Director. They were tasked with assisting several missions such as: clearing roadways, establishing temporary facilities throughout the county, restoring power, and collaborating with the National Guard to establish points of distribution for water, ice, and food. Additionally, they partnered with the County Health Department to acquire supplies for water testing and mosquito control while ensuring that residents were informed about the organizations who were offering daily hot meals.

 Contact Us

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​​​Chief Herman W. Brice

Fire Rescue Complex
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
405 Pike Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411-3815


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