The Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) is committed to serving both the 1.5 million residents of Suffolk County and the over 10,000 emergency responders who are dedicated to saving lives and protecting property. FRES is organized into the following functional areas to best provide its services. The Commissioner of FRES oversees all functions.
- The Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) provides inspections and enforcement activities for building codes, fire investigations, public education, technical response assistance to the Fire and EMS Agencies within Suffolk County, staffing for various positions within the county’s incident command structure and support of emergency management operations.
- The Fire Rescue Communications Section (COMMs) is an enhanced 911 facility which handles Fire and EMS calls, in addition to dispatching services for emergency response. The staff must initially be certified by New York State as Emergency Medical Technicians and maintain national certification as Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD) and Emergency Fire Dispatchers (EFD). The staff also operates the county’s Mobile Command Vehicles in conjunction with the FMO section.
- The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the county’s response to natural and man-made disasters. OEM personnel are responsible for development of the Comprehensive All-Hazards Emergency Management Plan, the operation of the county’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and work with local, state, and federal officials in all aspects of shelter management, planning, resource management, and emergency response and recovery activities.
- The Administration Section (ADMIN) provides clerical, human resource, grant management, and financial management coordination functions for the department.
In addition to these functional areas, the Department also has the responsibility for oversight and coordination of the operation and contractual responsibilities of the following:
- The Fire Extinguisher Licensing Board (FELB) which, by law, oversees and regulates the servicing of portable fire extinguishers and automatic fire extinguishing systems throughout the county,
- The Suffolk County Fire Academy (SCFA) which provides classroom instruction and field training for local fire departments throughout the county. Courses range from basic firefighting to incident command, incident management and specialized training as needed.
The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers”. This is because most deaths attributable to these storms occur as a result of traffic accidents on icy roads or from hypothermia because of prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.
The Emergency Preparedness Registry has been established to collect information emergency responders will need to help locate and evacuate people with Special Needs or high risks during an emergency, especially when a family, caregiver or others are unable to help them.
Suffolk County has updated its Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
This Plan enables participating jurisdictions to be eligible for federal grants to rebuild stronger and better after disasters have struck. Please visit the website for the current Plan and provide any input or comments through the on-line questionnaires or comments section in the contact information link.
County Officials Urge Residents to Create SMART 911 Profile Providing Emergency Responders with Critical Information that Can Save Time and Lives
Introducing Suffolk County's New All Hazards Training Trailer
The PulsePoint mobile app alerts CPR-trained bystanders to someone nearby having a sudden cardiac arrest that may require CPR. Click here to learn more about Pulse Point.