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Brevard County Ocean Rescue

The Brevard County Ocean Rescue Division provides for the safe swimming and beach protection to all Brevard County residents, visitors and tourists in designated areas of unincorporated Brevard County. Currently there are 5 full time protected areas and 19 seasonal protected areas at various beach front parks. All Ocean Lifeguards are United States Lifesaving Association certified with a minimum of First Responder training. The scope of responsibility for the lifeguards include accident and drowning prevention, public education, citizen assist, search and recovery of lost children, basic life support, and swimmer rescues.


Lifeguards continue beach and classroom training
 
Brevard County Ocean Rescue lifeguard water extrication training 

                                                                                          

BREVARD COUNTY -- Thirty students continued beach lifeguard training this past weekend as they prepare to patrol the coast as part of Brevard County Ocean Rescue. The training academy includes six weekends of classroom and beach training, as well as a 40-hour first-responder course. Saturday, students learned about shallow-water blackout and Sunday, beach training consisted of water entry from multiple locations including the Jetty Park pier, water extrication and how to use land lines in rescues.

Brevard County Ocean Lifeguards responded to 11,984 service calls in 2013, and the department was named Beach Patrol of the Year. They work May through October.

Twenty-four towers are now operating on weekends, and that will expand to seven days a week as of Memorial Day. They continue daily through mid-August when school starts back again. At that time, Ocean Rescue will continue with 24 towers on weekends through October, when winter staffing goes down to five full-time towers.



Cooperative effort leads to safer environment for beachgoers and lifeguards, comes at cost savings

Installing new lifeguard tower

Thanks to several Brevard County departments working together, there's a new look on the beach and it translates to a safer environment for visitors to Brevard County's coast. Brevard County Ocean Rescue lifeguards are better protected and better able to protect visitors to the county's beaches now that several new towers have been installed.

The towers give the lifeguards a better vantage point for water observation, better visible presence -- the hope is to encourage beachgoers to congregate near monitored beach areas -- while also offering the lifeguards protection from the elements.


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OCEAN RESCUE GOAL PRIORITIES

  • To increase the operational readiness and effectiveness of county lifeguard personnel through additional job training and quality reviews.
  • To maximize the use of beach services and resources to enhance both the level and quality of service that would meet the prudent citizen's expectations.
  • To foster inter-agency communication, training, and support with all related agencies.
  • To educate the public to the potential hazards associated with aquatic activities through active and passive community based public education programs.

The Ocean Lifeguard program is year round. The lifeguard program has approximately 100 seasonal lifeguards, 14 full- time lifeguards and 3 full-time supervisors. Brevard County operates a year round lifeguard tower coverage at five ocean beach locations, and 19 seasonal lifeguard tower locations in Brevard County. The service falls under the direction of Ocean Rescue Chief Jeff Scabarozi. The Lifeguard towers are located in cities of Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne, Satellite Beach and Cape Canaveral.

Lifeguard Season:Brevard County Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Towers

Full time locations (5 towers)

  • Cocoa Beach Pier
  • Shepard Park - Cocoa Beach
  • Lori Wilson Park - Cocoa Beach
  • Minuteman Cswy - Cocoa Beach
  • Paradise/Futch Park - N Indialantic

Seasonal locations (19 towers)

  • Cheri Down Park - Cape Canaveral
  • Cocoa Beach Pier
  • Shepard Park - Cocoa Beach - 2 towers
  • Fischer Park - Cocoa Beach
  • Lori Wilson Park - Cocoa Beach - 2 towers
  • Minuteman Cswy - Cocoa Beach
  • 16th Street (Murkshe Park) - Cocoa Beach
  • Pelican Park - Satellite Beach - 2 towers
  • Paradise/Futch Park - N Indialantic - 2 towers
  • Nance Park/Boardwalk - Indialantic - 3 towers
  • Spessard Holland Park (North) S Melbourne Beach - 2 towers
  • Spessard Holland Park (South) S Melbourne Beach- 1 tower

Note: Port Canaveral provides year round lifeguard service at Jetty Park.


For more information regarding the Ocean Lifeguard program, please contact:

Chief Jeff Scabarozi (321) 633-2056
Asst. Chief Eisen Witcher (321) 633-2056
Cherie Down Lifeguard Station (321) 868-1116
Lori Wilson Lifeguard Station (321) 868-1145
Paradise Beach Lifeguard Station (321) 779-4109
Timothy J. Mills
Fire Rescue Center

1040 South Florida Ave.
Rockledge, FL 32955
Phone: (321) 633-2056
Fax: (321) 633-2057

Fire Chief Larry Collins
Office: 321-633-2056
Larry.Collins@BrevardCounty.us



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