Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport
With nearly 800 flights each day, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport hosts approximately 30 million passengers each year. The Airport has become an economic engine for Broward County with more than a $13.2 billion annual economic contribution and is Broward County's largest employer.
BSO works with the Broward County Aviation Department, the Transportation Security Administration, the Airline Managers Association, airport tenants and ancillary federal agencies to provide law enforcement and fire rescue protection for the 1,400 acre airport site and its 13,000 employees.
BSO provides fire rescue services at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, including structural fire-fighting, aircraft rescue fire-fighting and emergency medical services. Personnel from the Fire Marshal's Office provide prevention services such as new construction plans review, annual fire inspections and the fuel inspection program that includes training classes for employees. The airport command is also active in CPR and safety classes for the Airport community.
Around the clock Fire Rescue services are provided with 1 Engine company, 1 Rescue company, 3 Crash trucks and a Battalion Chief.
Members of the Airport Command are required to be in compliant with FAA Part 139 Training requirements which include numerous specialized training topics as well as a live burn annually.
The Airport response is complimented from surrounding BSO Fire Stations 32, 17 and 6.
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District Chief Robert Palestrant
Fort Lauderdale International Airport
Collectively, Bob Palestrant has almost four decades of experience serving as a registered nurse, paramedic/firefighter, and emergency manager, and is nationally recognized for his work in homeland security and aircraft rescue & firefighting.
Chief Palestrant retired from Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue in 2012. He joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services in 2013 and is currently serving as the District Chief of the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Throughout his career with Miami-Dade, he served at every rank within the fire service, and in multiple command level positions including that of the first Division Chief for Domestic Preparedness. As Chief, he developed and managed the Terrorism Response Bureau, established the Tactical Paramedic and Rapid Deployment Force programs and supervised the Hazardous Materials, Technical Rescue, and Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) bureaus.
Chief Palestrant is the Region 7 Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program Coordinator for the Southeast Florida Fusion Center (SEFFC), a member of the National Fusion Liaison Officer (FLO) Coordinator committee, and a member of the Southeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force (SEFRDSTF) Bomb Making Awareness Program (BMAP) Steering Committee.
He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), a credentialed Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through the Center of Public Safety Excellence, and a State of Florida Fire Service Instructor III. Chief Palestrant is currently enrolled in the Emergency and Disaster Management and Homeland Security Program Master’s Degree Program at American Military University, has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Barry University, and is a graduate of the Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.