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Southwest Ranches Volunteer Fire Department

Lee Bennett

Fire Chief

Station 82, 17220 Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33331.

Chief Lee Bennett started his career in 1978 at the Broward County Fire Department/ Broward Sheriff’s Office and he retired on May of 2009 as the Assistant Chief. He started on Southwest Ranches Fire Department as the Fire Chief in 2010 and has been the head of the Fire Department since then.

William Updegraff

Assistant Chief

Jenna Anderson

Administrative Fire Captain

Joshua Polanco


Michael Yoder


Jordan Hernandez


Vidal Lazo


Mission Statement

Provide professional emergency service to the residents and visitors of the Southwest Ranches area


Our original organization was the Davie Volunteer Fire Department that was chartered in 1952. At that time, the Department serviced Davie and the surrounding communities in Southwest Broward. In 1981, the Town of Davie formed is own career fire department and our Department changed its name to Southwest Broward Volunteer Fire Department. On June 6, 2000, when the Town of Southwest Ranches was formed, we became the Southwest Ranches Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department.

The Department relied on borrowed apparatus from Broward County for many of its early years. In the 1960s, the Department purchased a new rescue van with funds raised from its ladies auxiliary. The Department also purchased used attack trucks as supplemental apparatus. In 2002, the Department purchased a new Brush truck. In 2006, the Department purchased its first used Class A pumper, while in 2016 another milestone was reached when the Department purchased its first new Class A pumper, which is the current Engine 82.

Once the Southwest Broward Fire-Rescue Department adapted to primarily serve the area that becomes the Town of Southwest Ranches, it was based on the properties of several different members who also lived in the area. In 2003, the Department established a permanent station at its current location. In 2018, the latest modular building was emplaced at the location.

  • Emergency and medical services.
  • Make Address signs.
  • Santa Runs to our residents house, weddings, birthdays, and other special events.
  • BBQ for special events.
  • Go to schools and talk about fire and safety.

Please be advised that under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at (954) 434-0008, or in writing at 13400 Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330.

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