The Four Communities Fire Department (FCFD) is an all-volunteer Fire Department that was founded in 1951 to provide Fire and Rescue Services to an unincorporated area between the cities of Cocoa and Titusville. The original “Four Communities” were Williams Point, Canaveral Groves, Frontenac and Port St. John.
The FCFD has grown and evolved over the years to a modern, well-trained force that responds to medical, fire, and all types of hazard responses. Our partnership with BCFR is now stronger than ever, and we are very proud to be one of three remaining County-based volunteer departments, where there used to be more than a dozen. Our strengths are based in our commitment to the community, commitment to the fire service, and commitment to train, and work hard to meet and exceed the growing standards of today’s modern fire service.
We are proud of the bonds that we have developed and grown in our community. We understand that our service to the community doesn’t end when the fire is out. That is why we strive to reach out through public education, we charter a Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack, and we support community non-profit organizations car-washes and fund drives.
Today’s FCFD is a strong force of 25+ volunteers, including 5Fire Officers, 21 Firefighters, a Corporate President, Treasurer and Secretary, and support members that help in non-firefighter capacities. We are a Non-Profit Corporation, Registered Charitable Organization with the State of Florida, IRS 501(c)3, and hold a Florida Tax Exemption Certificate.
We service an unincorporated area of Brevard County, FL, of approximately 42 square miles, with an approximate population of 30,000. Our primary run area includes many critical infrastructure elements on the east coast of Florida, including two major power plants on the backs of the Indian River (a major inter-coastal waterway). We also protect a 7 mile stretch of Interstate Highway I-95, and US 1, the primary rail line for Florida East Coast Railway. Our run area is also bisected by a Florida Gas Transmission natural gas main line carrying 2.1 Billion cubic feet per day. Our key objectives are the response to and protection of a community with a wide range of demographic challenges. A large portion of our run area is a typical “bedroom” community, with 8 medium to large sized child day care centers, 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school. We also service more than 2 dozen churches, as well as the Brevard County Jail Complex (average of 1500 felony and misdemeanor pretrial detainees). The Four Communities Fire Department is also a mutual aid respondent to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, and the Port of Canaveral which annually serves over 4 million cruise passengers, moves over 4 million tons of cargo, and is the home of a US Coast Guard Station and the US Navy’s Naval Ordinance Test Unit for Ballistic Missile Submarines. We also respond along State Road 528, which is a major highway connecting Orlando to Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach via a series of bridges and causeways.
As an all-volunteer Fire Department, the FCFD equips, maintains and staffs the following response vehicles:
– One Structural Firefighting Engine, including Basic Life Support & vehicle extrication equipment
– One “Type 4” Military Surplus Brush Truck for off-road wildland firefighting
– One “Type 6” fast-attack brush truck for wildland firefighting, and rural emergency medical response
– One Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air fill trailer
– One 4×4 Pick-up truck
Each year we responded to over 200 calls for assistance, including structure fires, wildland fires, vehicle crashes and fires, medical calls and calls for service or public assistance. Our volunteer emergency responders positively impact hundreds of people every year. Whether it is saving their home from fire, helping to extricate them from a vehicle accident and get them transported to the hospital, or teaching someone CPR, we strive to make our community a little better, and a little safer every day.