DANIA BEACH (CBS4) – The Dania Beach Fire Department merged with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Friday as its 67 firefighters were sworn-in by Sheriff Al Lamberti at I.T. Parker Community Center.

It was Broward’s first fire department.

The decision to merge the 106-year-old department with BSO was backed by Dania Beach City Commissioners and by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners earlier in the week.

The merger will officially take effect at 8 a.m. on Saturday and is expected to save taxpayers about $871,165 in the first year, according to BSO spokesman Mike Jachles.

Historically the department was recognized in 1977 as one of the first in the country to deliver pre-hospital Advanced Life Support care by using paramedics in the field, according to Jachles.

Dania Beach Fire Department is the seventh municipality in the county to join with BSO Fire Rescue. It joins Cooper City, Lauderdale Lakes, Pembroke Park, Southwest Ranches, West Park and Weston in the venture.

Sheriff Fire Rescue also provides fire-rescue services to Broward County’s Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport and unincorporated areas of the county.

Additionally, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue provides the following regional services: Regional Logistics services, Air Rescue, Hazardous Materials Team, Technical Rescue Team and service to the western Broward I-75 corridor through Everglades Regional Fire Station 106.

The Dania Beach Fire Department had a busy season in 2010, responding to 8,500 calls for service.

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Comments (3)
  1. Bill Riendeau says:

    taxpayers and citzens, open your wallets. The firefighters union will never do anything without their interests first. They could care less about the citzens of any area. They are the new millionaires.

  2. mike says:

    I don’t know where you get your info from but you don’t have clue about the motives of Firefigthers or Cops. You bonehaed!

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    I strongly disagree. Politicians briing the politics into this profession. Being the wife of a professional firefighter for 16 years and watching many other family members and friends devote their lives to protecting life and property for the citizens, I am here to tell you these men and women love what they do. They and their families make sacrafices daily so that the job can get done. The livelihood that these men women earn in the form of a paycheck, health benefits and retirement planning is well deserved. You obviously do not have the priviledge of knowing any these professionals in a personal capacity, which is unfortunate. They are not millionares by any stretch, these families are humble, hard-working and honorable. I pray you will never encounter the kind of emergency that would bring these guys to your rescue, but that is all it would take for you to see things in a different light.

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