Office of the Fire Chief


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Robert F. Hoecherl was appointed to the position of Fire Chief on October 29, 2013.Fire Chief

Chief Hoecherl has 40 years of experience in fire service, with the last 31 years in the City of Fort Lauderdale.

The Fire Chief is responsible for overseeing a staff of more than 450 firefighters and administrative personnel and directing day-to-day operations of a department that responds over 54,000 calls each year.

Chief Hoecherl joined Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue in 1986. He has served the majority of his tenure in the Operations Division. Chief Hoecherl was promoted to the ranks of Driver/Engineer in 1988, Fire Lieutenant in 1989, Battalion Chief in 1997, Division Chief in 2009 and Deputy Fire Chief in Fire Administration in 2010.

The Chief earned an Associates of Science Degree in Fire Science Technology from Broward Community College in 1987 and a Bachelor's of Public Administration from Barry University in 1999.

He earned the Executive Chief Fire Officer Program (EFOP) designation from the National Fire Academy in 2004.

Chief Hoecherl holds state certifications for Paramedic/EMT, Fire Service Instructor, Fire Inspector and Fire Officer I.

He has served as an adjunct fire academy instructor for Broward Fire Academy, Miami-Dade Community College and South Tech Fire Academy.

He was named "Firefighter of the Year" in 1997 and cited for assistance in two off-duty technical rescues.

Chief Hoecherl is a charter member, co-founder and CEO of the City of Fort Lauderdale Firefighters Honor Guard.

Fire Chief Hoecherl is also a long-time member of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Florida Task Force 2. As a member of Task Force 2 Chief Hoecherl responded to New York for 9/11 rescue efforts and to Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina.


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Elizabeth Cohen
Admin. Assistant to the Fire Chief
City of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
528 NW 2nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Phone: 954-828-6821
Fax: 954-828-6843