The fire department formed in 1906 during a public meeting (Ft. Pierce Council) at the "Paxton" building to discuss the lowering of fire insurance rates (Ft. Pierce Fire Department). WE. Tylander was appointed the first fire chief during the meeting. It was said that Tylander was more of a figure head and politician than a true fire chief. R.E. Mims, once thought of as the first fire chief, was appointed the first foreman (officer) of the new engine company during the meeting.

First Budget & Fire Engine

The first budget was set at around $1,000. The first fire engine was ordered during the meeting (A Howe Number 38). The cost was roughly $2,000 made through payments of unknown description.
Historic Fire Vehicle

Organization Structure

The new organization consisted of 33 volunteers (16 assigned to the engine company and the remaining on the two hose companies {reels}). The firefighters were notified through a steam whistle located on the city power plant. In 1910, the fire department was undergoing some setbacks and a reorganization meeting was held, where once again WE. Tylander was appointed Chief. At this meeting, a second pumper was approved for purchase.

Notable Events

  • In 1913, R.E. Mims was appointed Chief. During this time, R. E Mims stored some fire equipment in his workshop in the area of Orange Avenue and the railroad tracks.
  • In 1924, the first Central station was built at Avenue A and US1.
  • In 1939, Chief R.E. Mims was killed in an accident on his way to a convention in Georgia. He apparently had a relative on the department who was appointed to assistant chief in wake of his death. Hubbard was appointed Chief.
  • In 1954, the second Central was built at 7th and D.
  • In 1959, an act of Florida Legislature created the St. Lucie County/Ft. Pierce Fire District.
  • In the late 1960s, the Fire District began providing medical care in the streets. It is believed a shop truck was converted to hold some very basic first aid equipment.
  • In 1972, it was said that we began to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) care and transport.
  • In 1996, we adopted our current name - The St. Lucie County Fire District.