Welcome to Station 56

DSC04833Chief Todd Scaldo welcomes you to The Indian Harbour Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s website. Here you can find information about our department, it’s members, our apparatus and equipment. You can also find information on upcoming events the Department will be involved in as well as statistics on our fire calls. We will be posting pictures of recent fires, training evolutions and community service events on a regular basis.

Station 56 is located at 1116 Pinetree Drive in Indian Harbour Beach FL. Our 4 bay station houses our 3 front line apparatus; a 2007 E-One 1500 GPM Cyclone II Pumper, a 2000 E-One 75′ Aerial Ladder Truck with a 1500 GPM pump, and a 1995 E-One 1250 GPM Pumper.  It also houses our restored 1960 American LaFrance Pumper, “ALF”, which we use for parades and events. The station has a large hall used for meetings, training and social events as well as a fully equipped state of the art weight/exercise room.

For more information about us and our equipment just click on any of the tabs. We are always accepting applications to join our department. Anyone interested in joining as a firefighter, trainee or auxiliary member may contact us online or download the attached IHBVFD Application. You can also check our  Information Board on the front of the Station under the overhang for fire safety information, upcoming and past events.

Our History.

Located on Florida’s Space Coast, the Indian Harbour Beach Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1965 by a small group of dedicated individuals with virtually no equipment, space, or finances. From these humble beginnings, the department has grown to 30+ active members. Your Volunteer Fire Fighters come from various backgrounds and professions ranging from students, engineers, restaurant owners, city employees, teachers, a ship captain and both retired and active duty  servicemen. The department is led by Fire Chief Todd Scaldo, supported by Deputy Chief Dick Laye,  and Captains Tom Knowlton and Hank Aprea. This command staff directs the activities of the Officers, Fire Fighters and Trainees both at actual fire scenes and training exercises utilizing three Class-A pumpers that are housed in a modern four-bay station.

Each officer and firefighter has attended various State Certified classes dealing with all aspects of fire fighting This training process is applied and continued every Thursday night during weekly drills and also on various weekends. The constant training has enabled us to effectively respond to any type of fire within six to eight minutes anywhere in the city limits. On average, our department responds to approximately 100 calls varying in scope from alarms to brush fires to structure fires.

In November 2000 the department expanded its service with Truck 56, a 75ft ladder truck. Truck 56 provides us with the capability to protect all structures in our beachside city, big and small. Our firefighters have been trained and certified in Ladder Truck Operations by the Florida State Fire College. Truck 56 continues to be the only Aerial Ladder Truck on the beachside from Cocoa Beach to Melbourne Beach and responds to Mutual Aid calls to our adjoining cities whenever requested.

The department again expanded its service in March of 2007 with a  new  E-One Cyclone II 1500 GPM Pumper, Engine 56.

The Indian Harbour Beach Volunteer Fire Department Corporation conducts one fund drive via US Mail each year in October. We do not solicit by phone, email or door to door. Our mailing is on official letterhead with a return postage paid envelope. If you receive phone solicitations disregard them or report them to the police. We appreciate your donations and thank you for your continued support of Your Volunteer Fire Department.