Volunteer Fire Department

Volunteer Fire Department PatchThe Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) provides fire rescue services to the Town. The force of fully-trained and certified firefighters is under the command of Volunteer Fire Department Chief Judson Hopping.

The men and women who comprise the VFD are often called the heart and soul of the community. Their professional commitment to the Town is summed up this way: "neighbors helping neighbors."


The Volunteer Fire Department has served the community with dedication, professionalism and spirit for more than 50 years. It began providing fire suppression in Town in 1961.


The Volunteer Fire Department is responsible for the safe management and resolution of all fires in Town. The VFD strives to deliver the proper level of fire and rescue services as required by the Town in the most cost effective manner.

Beach Safety Patrol

For the first time in the Town's history, the VFD in 2008 established a Beach Safety Patrol to help protect residents and tourists who visit the beach. Beach Patrol members patrol the Town's 2.4 miles of beach in all terrain vehicles equipped with GPS devices, first-aid kits, life safety rings and radios.

Public Service Video

View a 30-second public service video (WMV) from the Broward League of Cities about firefighters.