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Indian River County Burn Ban Effective May 7, 2024

CFA Accredidation

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Summer Tips to Stay Healthy and Safe

  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen.
  • Properly hydrate before and after exercise.
  • If you exercise outdoors, do so early in the morning or in the evening when it is cooler.
  • If walking, running, or biking when dark, make sure you wear reflective or high visibility clothing and have the appropriate lighting on your bike.
  • If driving, please be aware of people walking, running, or biking.
  • Make sure your pets have adequate water.
  • Hot surfaces are hazardous to your dog’s paws. An 87-degree air temperature equates to an asphalt temperature of 143 degrees.
  • Consider the “seven-second test” – touch the pavement with the back of your hand for seven seconds. If you cannot hold it there for seven seconds because it is too hot, then the pavement is too hot for your dog’s paws.
  • When travelling locally or otherwise, park in well-lit areas.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
  • Never leave credit cards/debit cards, cash or your wallet or purse inside of your vehicle overnight.
  • Do not leave your keys in your vehicle.
  • Remember to lock your vehicle every time you walk away to prevent vehicle theft.
  • Get in the routine of double-checking that your residence and vehicles are locked and secure each night.
  • If you see something suspicious, say something by calling 911 immediately.

About Our Department

In 1973, our Police Department was organized, with a one-man force located in the Town Hall. Over the years, the need of public service grew so the Department was expanded and moved to the Fire Station.

In 1975, a new fire station was to be completed. For the $155,000 fire station project to be successful, costly fire engines and equipment were needed. Only limited funds were available toward the purchase of a 1,000 gallon pumper, a 1250 gallon pumper and an 85-foot hook-and-ladder truck, the cost of which in the aggregate would be $207,764. An appeal to Indian River County for funds produced two agreements, one in 1975 and one in 1977, whereby the County paid $110,000 toward the purchase of the above equipment.

Around 1980, after many County-wide fire protection meetings, a plan was drawn up to establish three fire districts in the County to be supported by the respective taxpayers. This plan was subject to approval by referendum which excluded Indian River Shores. The plan was approved, and in September 1980, a new fire agreement between the County and the Town was executed, nullifying the former agreements and signaling a renewed spirit of cooperation. Under this new agreement, the Town delivered the 1,000 gallon pumper to the County, consented to provide fire protection from the north Town limit to the Sebastian Inlet on the barrier island for a period of 3 years, and further agreed to make the aerial ladder truck available for training purposes to both the north and south County fire districts at no charge. This agreement expired in 1983 and the Town of Indian River Shores now owns the department in its entirety.

In 2007, the Department was reconstructed due to damages sustained from Hurricanes Jean and Francis.

Today, the department has 23 full-time officers that are certified Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Technicians with a majority also being Paramedics.

Public Notice: Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About Indian River Shores Public Safety.

Surveillance Camera Database

The Town of Indian River Shores residents and business-owners who own video security systems can help the Indian River Shores Public Safety Department by allowing detectives to view stored video. Video of traffic passing in front of a certain location can provide crucial information to detectives, even if a crime occurred outside of the Town. The Indian River Shores Public Safety Department maintains a confidential database of security cameras that may capture information that can be used in a criminal investigation. Information about participants in the program will remain anonymous. For more information contact Neve Hall at

Town of Indian River Shores

The Town of Indian River Shores town website can be found HERE.

Fire Department Holding a Hose

Ambulance Photo

Surveillance Cameras