The members of the Bradfordville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department (BVFRD) are citizens who have dedicated themselves to assisting their neighbors in their times of need by responding to fire, medical, rescue, and other emergencies.
The Bradfordville Volunteers assist Leon County Emergency Medical Services (LCEMS), the Tallahassee Fire Department (TFD), and Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) by decreasing response times and providing manpower, equipment, and expertise at emergency situations. BVFRD works alongside of these agencies in an integrated command system.
BVFRD serves 110 square miles of unincorporated north Leon County. The response area is generally defined by:
The nineteen members are dispatched to over 820 requests for emergency assistance each year. Types of calls include brush fires, building alarms, car fires, structure fires, vehicle crashes, and downed power lines. Eighty percent of the dispatches are for medical emergencies that include cardiac and respiratory arrest and distress, trauma, and stroke.
Dispatch to these emergencies is through the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) who has two dispatchers assigned to Leon County's seven fire department. Members are not paid and are not reimbursed for their costs. Dispatches occur any time of day (and night) every day of the week. Responders answer calls in all types of weather conditions and leave their families and friends to assist their neighbors in need.
The Department operates five vehicles: two medical response vehicles, two brush trucks, and one 1,000 gallon tanker/pumper. BVFRD is co-located with TFD at station 15 (1445 Bannerman Road).
The non-profit corporation (501 (c)(3)) is headed by a Board of Directors that oversees the administrative functions of the Department, including grant writing and other fundraising The Board selects a Chief that oversees the operations of the firefighting and medical response divisions.
To be a responding member, medical responders must complete over 100 hours of training that includes, at a minimum First Responder and Basic Life Support Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Healthcare Providers, Incident Command, Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Standard Operating Procedures for Emergency Medical Services. Medical responders attend an additional 40 hours per year in refresher training. All firefighters are medical responders. Firefighters must complete an additional 200 hours of training, plus Hazardous Materials Operations, and Emergency Vehicle Operations and an additional 40 hours of annual refresher. Members are not compensated for their time training, but much of it is paid through Department funds.
Equipment for responding members is purchased by the Department using funds acquired through grants, fundraising by the members, and donations from the public.
BVFRD is one of six volunteer fire departments in Leon County. Although each department is its own private, non-profit cooperation, administratively they are coordinated by Leon County Emergency Medical Services and operationally, the departments they are coordinated by the Tallahassee Fire Department.
The Bradfordville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department is always looking for new members and welcomes your support.
For volunteer other opportunities, please contact VolunteerLEON.
Bradfordville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department
PO Box 15405
Tallahassee, FL 32317