The Broward Sheriff's Office has provided law enforcement, fire rescue and code-compliance services for Cooper City, home to more than 29,000 residents in southwestern Broward County, since the city's police and fire rescue departments merged with BSO in February 2004. A predominantly residential community of 7.5 square miles, Cooper City has long-prided itself on its commitment to maintaining a beautiful, growth-managed city, reflected by its motto: Someplace Special.
Station 28 was opened in August 1990 by the City of Cooper City and continues to serve the area following the merger of Cooper City Fire Rescue with BSO in 2004. The station is equipped with response apparatus including a 1750 GPM (gallons per minute) pumper, a 105 foot ladder truck and transport-capable rescue vehicle. All apparatus are staffed with cross-trained personnel and can provide advanced life support care.
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District Chief Bruce Caruso
District Chief Bruce Caruso began his fire service career with the City of Dania in 1982. Through the 29 years that he served with the department he rose through the ranks to Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services. In 2011 the City of Dania Beach contracted with the Broward Sheriff’s Office to provide Fire Rescue services. Chief Caruso served as the Division Chief of EMS for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services for the next two years. In 2013 Chief Caruso became the Assistant District Chief in the City of Weston and in 2014 he was promoted to the rank of District Chief of Cooper City where he currently serves.
Chief Caruso holds an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services from Broward College. He is a state of Florida certified Firefighter and Paramedic.
Chief Caruso is a member of the Broward Regional EMS Council. He currently serves as the chair of the Fire Chief’s Association of Broward County CERT Sub-committee. He is also the past chair of the EMS Sub-Committee. Chief Caruso was the recipient of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Broward County Leadership Award. Chief Caruso has worked on many established committees both at the local and county level.