Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services

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Joseph F. Williams

John G. Jordan Sr.


PO BOX 127
MAIN 631-852-4851
FAX   631-852-4861

Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services

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.   


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.

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Pulse Point

Suffolk County is updating 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 at  and provide your input and comments into the update process through on-line questionnaires.


 County Officials Urge Residents to Create  SMART 911 Profile Providing Emergency Responders with Critical Information that Can Save Time and Lives
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 Smart911 Service


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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.

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Joint Emergency Evacuation Program and Special Needs Registry

Shelter and Storm Surge Zone Mapping Tool

Shelter and Storm Surge Zone Mapping Tool


Sign up to receive Emergency Notifications from the Suffolk County Code Red System

Emergency Notifications from Suffolk Code Red


Suffolk County Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program



Suffolk County Code Red Emergency Notifications are now available on iPhone and Android Cell Phones. The video below describe the Suffolk County Code Red Emergency Notification Apps for Android and iPhone Cell Phones.

Learn More about receiving Suffolk Code Red Alerts on your Andoid or iPhone
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