Port Everglades covers an area of 2,380 acres and is the 12th largest container port in the United States. The seaport includes 12 cruise terminals serving 16 cruise lines that launch more than 3,000 cruises each year.
BSO Fire Rescue Station 6 provides specialized firefighting and emergency response capabilities geared to the unique environment of Port Everglades. The Seaport Command has developed a multi-agency communication capability between the airport, seaport and the United States Coast Guard.
Station 6 operates two engines, an ALS (Advanced Life Support) rescue unit and a specialized "chem-truck" that can deploy water, firefighting foam or dry chemical extinguishing agents onto a fire.
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Assistant Chief Gregory Holness
Assistant Chief Gregory Holness began his fire rescue career in 1983 as a member of the Department of Broward County Emergency Medical Services, which later merged with Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue & Emergency Services. During that time Chief Holness rose through the ranks serving as a Captain, Acting Battalion Chief and as an Operations District Chief.
In 1994, Chief Holness was transferred to the Logistics Bureau where his responsibilities included the review, specification and purchase of fire and EMS equipment. He was also the primary architect of nationally recognized Regional Logistics Program still currently in existence. His additional achievements include the co-development of the Common EMS Protocol as well as many trade journal contributions including assisting in the development of a national standard on airway management. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2004 and has had numerous assignments both in Fire Rescue Administration, Support Services as well as Fire Rescue Operations. Chief Holness is currently assigned to the Management Services Division.
With his operational assignment to Port Everglades in 2012 he has reaffirmed his support of the “whole safe community” concept and worked diligently with local and federal law enforcement, SWAT, the Department of Defense as well Regional Domestic Task Force Partners in maintaining and enhancing safety Countywide.
Chief Holness has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Thomas University and is a graduate and past vice president of the BSO Executive Leadership Program. He is also a graduate of Florida International University’s Strategic Management Institute as well as the Florida Emergency Services Leadership Institute. Chief Holness currently is a member of the International Association of Fire Chief’s as well as Florida Fire Chief’s Association. Throughout his career, Chief Holness has received numerous commendations from municipal and civic organizations, non for profit enterprises as well as local public schools and in 2013 was selected as the Community Partner of the Year by one of the largest High Schools in Broward County for his contributions to the educational community.