About Our Fire Department

Palm Coast Fire Department was founded in 1973 and transformed from a Volunteer Fire Department protecting 125 citizens to a combination paid and volunteer fire department serving nearly 90,000 citizens and many visitors of our beautiful city.

Our History

The forefathers of Palm Coast Fire Department established the foundation the department was built upon, earning our eternal respect and gratitude for their vision and leadership.  On April 3, 1973, Palm Coast Volunteer Fire Department began with 36 members, many of which were former firefighters from other parts of the country that settled in the Palm Coast community for retirement. 

The first station was located on the corner of Clubhouse Drive and Palm Coast Parkway and is still in operation today. n 1983, the first career firefighter was hired. Six years later, in 1989, a second fire station opened on the west side of Palm Coast. The number of emergency incidents (call volume) increased to a level that required 24-hour staffing to handle the nearly 1,000 calls per year, over a 64 square mile area. Because of increased growth in the north end of the city, the third station opened in 2003 followed by fourth and fifth stations in 2009.

Today the department handles over 13,000 calls per year. Operating six, Advanced Life Support Fire Apparatus and 20 front line personnel, five Chief Officer and fire administrators. Additionally there are over 50 volunteer firefighters, fire police, associates and fire interns. The department’s successes are a direct result of the hard work and dedication of the firefighters - career and volunteers who continue to improve the service delivery system to ensure it works effectively and efficiently. Success is measured both by the department’s achievements over the last 50 years and by the ability of the department to identify and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Our Chief Staff

Fire Chief Forte has been with the Palm Coast Fire Department since July, 1990 as a volunteer firefighter and hired as a career member on September 28, 1992, as a Firefighter/EMT. He has held the position of Captain from 1998 to 2009 and Deputy Chief from 2009 to 2018. He currently provides direction as the Fire Chief, managing work that is public safety orientated in the protection of life and property.

In 2016, Chief Forte has received Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. He graduated in May, 2009 with a Master’s in Arts of Public Policy; in December, 2005 with a Bachelors degree in Public Administration from Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, and an Associate of Fire Science degree with honors from Daytona Beach Community College. He has attended the Florida State Fire College and the State University of New York with credits in Criminal Justice. This year, Deputy Chief Forte has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of a Chief Fire Officer designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

He holds numerous Florida State Certifications and is a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. In 2002, He was honored with the Training Officer of the Year Award by the State of Florida through the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. Beyond the Department, Chief Forte is a valued employee to the City overall. He has a key role on the City Special events Review Team, which oversees the advance safety planning for all special events in Palm Coast. He has been part of the City Leadership in Training Excellence program, (LITE team) where, in 2013, he was the leader of the Performance Measures Team overseeing the City-wide process of carrying out the City Council’s goals and objectives. In 2014, he became the leader of the Performance Evaluation team to develop a performance evaluation process that helps achieve the mutual success of the employee and the organization and ensure council goals are met. He was appointed Fire Chief in September 2018.

Bradd Clark’s career span has several positions in the fire service. Some of his past Fire Service Experience includes former Fire Chief of Ocala Fire and Rescue: former Fire Chief of the Sand Springs Fire Department in Sand Springs, Oklahoma; former Fire Chief of the Owasso Fire Department in Owasso, Oklahoma; and the former Fire Marshal for the City of Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has also been employed as an adjunct professor for Oklahoma State University in the School of Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology and in the Fire and Emergency Management Program. He has also completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and is the first Chief Fire Officer designee in the State of Oklahoma from the Commission on Chief Fire Officer Designation. He began his fire service career in Poquoson, Virginia, in 1984. Bradd has participated as chair/delegate on many IFSTA committees. He now is part of the Cities Palm Coast Fire Department as Deputy Chief.

Our Core Values





VALUES The Palm Coast Fire Department was formed on the principle of: helping people, treating them as we would treat our own family members with respect, integrity, honesty, and ethical conduct. We are committed to serving our community through individual responsibility and accountability. Working as a team and utilizing effective communication, our team members strive to create a safe living environment.

MISSION The purpose of the Palm Coast Fire Department is to protect the lives, property, and environment of the citizen and visitors of Palm Coast by providing the highest level of service through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and the mitigation of the effects of natural and manmade disasters consistent with the resources and funding available.

VISION We will be recognized as leaders in our profession, and as community role models. We will provide responsive services to the citizens by investing in training, education and equipment. We will be accountable to each other and strive to promote one another's abilities as we guide the department into the future.