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Ocean Rescue
Fino Murallo, Deputy Chief

516 S. 10th Street
Fernandina Beach, FL  32034

Ph: (904) 277-7331
Fax: (904) 310-3453

24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday
The Ocean Rescue Division of the Fernandina Beach Fire Department employs approximately 60 seasonal Ocean Rescue Lifeguards each year. We staff the beaches on weekends starting April 30, 2016 through May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day). After Memorial Day we guard the beaches 7 days a week throughout the summer concluding on September 5, 2016 (Labor Day); operating hours are from 10:15 A.M. – 5:15 P.M, 7 days a week. 

Trained, Certified Lifeguard Tower Locations starting
April 30
th and ending 
September 6, 2016
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                     Stand #1
                  Access #12
North Beach Park (1230 N. Fletcher Ave.)

        Stand #2, #3, #4, #5    
Main Beach Park (20 N. Fletcher Ave.)

Stand #6 & #7
Seaside Park (2020 S. Fletcher Ave.) 

Stand #8, #9, #10, #11
Peter’s Point Park (1974 S. Fletcher Ave.)

Stand #12
Scott Rd Beach Access (4902 Amelia Island Pkwy)

Stand #13
Burney Park (95570 Burney Rd.) 

Fernandina Beach Ocean Rescue Lifeguards respond to water emergencies on the 12 miles of beach from Fort Clinch State Park to the southernmost point of Amelia Island.

The City of Fernandina Beach Fire Department hires Ocean Rescue Lifeguards based on the qualifications and standards set forth by the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA). Some of the requirements include, but are not limited to: swimming 500 meters in under 10 minutes, CPR & AED certification for the professional rescuer, 40 hour USLA open water rescue training course, as well as First Responder Certifications.

Ocean Rescue Lifeguards use a variety of rescue equipment, but most commonly use a rescue can. The Ocean Rescue Division also uses rescue boards, kayaks, jet skis, ATV's and a four-wheel drive trucks, all of which are used on a daily basis for rescues, patrolling and training.