Central Broward comprises the unincorporated areas of central Broward County and is bordered by I-95 on the east, the Florida Turnpike and State Road 7 on the west, NW 19 Street on the north and the New River on the south.
Station 14, located in central Broward, is one of BSO's busiest fire stations, operating an ALS (Advanced Life Support) engine and an ALS rescue unit.
Station 23 is the home of BSO's Hazardous Materials Team which operates a Haz-Mat ALS engine a special Haz-Mat truck. Units from this station respond county-wide to hazardous materials incidents.
The annual population of this unincorporated area is approximately 13,600, but the daytime population increases significantly due to the four major thoroughfares, several magnet schools and a variety of businesses.
Residential neighborhoods located within the district include Broadview Park, Boulevard Gardens, Franklin Park, Washington Park, Roosevelt Gardens.
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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.