PBCFR Emergency Management Division is committed to the safety of Palm Beach County citizens and visitors. The Division demonstrates their commitment by reducing vulnerability to hazards and minimizing the impact of disasters through preparation, response, and recovery. Under 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.
- In April 2022, PBCFR deployed an Incident Communications Manager trainee and Radio Operator to the Cerro Pelado Fire in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The successful management of the wildfire required a Type-1 Incident Management Team as the fire threatened nearby nuclear laboratories.
- 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 the disciplines of fire rescue, emergency management, public health, hospitals, and law enforcement. By utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach and working in conjunction with Emergency
Management professionals, the RDSTFs provide support to impacted communities and local agencies. PBCFR offers a multi-operational presence to the Southeast Florida RDSTF.
Training and Exercises
- In April 2022, PBCFR sent an Electronics Technician and a State-Qualified Communications Unit Leader to participate in "JamX22: Operation Trinity Exercise" in White Sands, New Mexico. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, the exercise included teams from local, state, federal and tribal stakeholder groups whose objective was to identify, examine, and develop tactics to combat communication-jamming threats.
- In May 2022, PBCFR and PBSO participated in “Social Distortion", a Mass Casualty Incident/Mass Fatality Incident command and control tabletop exercise.
- In July 2022, PBCFR and PBSO participated in a joint Active Shooter Hostile Event Response exercise. This training program helps develop integrated programs for planning for, responding to, and recovering from active shooter or hostile events.
The emergency response to any large-scale incident in Palm Beach County requires a strong unified command presence only achieved through strong partnership between law enforcement and fire rescue officials. PBCFR is proud of the synergy, teamwork, and the professional relationship shared with partners in law enforcement.