News & Events
2014 Marine Rescue Beach Kickoff Memorial Day Weekend – St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR) officially began full-scale guarded beaches on Saturday, May 24, 2014. SJCFR will staff a team of United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) certified beach lifeguards on daily assignments from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. guarding SJC beaches. Lifeguards will staff an average of 16 lifeguard towers in addition to multiple supervisors traveling the coastline in various response vehicles. Additionally, career Fire Rescue personnel housed at coastal stations have been certified as ocean rescue responders and will help supplement the daily beach staffing and emergency response 24 hours a day. Lifeguard tower staffing will remain in place daily until Labor Day weekend which traditionally marks the conclusion of the beach season.
Please take notice of beach flags and signage posted at beach access points and lifeguard towers located throughout SJC as they provide daily condition updates to beachgoers. In addition, these locations also post valuable safety information specifically dealing with rip currents and other common beach hazards. Beach Kickoff Safety Tips.
2012 Beach Patrol of the Year – Marine Rescue has been awarded the 2012 Beach Patrol of the Year, the highest honor given by the Florida Beach Patrol Chief's Association. This award is given only to the best agencies in our field, and its receipt places SJCFR in the highest caliber of beach patrol agencies in Florida. Beach Patrol of the Year.
Marine Rescue receives the President's Award for Organizational Excellence in Marine Rescue Services from the Florida Beach Patrol Chief's Association. The award recognizes an agency for outstanding contributions to Ocean Lifesaving. SJCFR representatives received the award during the United States Lifesaving Association's annual conference. Marine Rescue Award.
Since 1933, St. Johns County has been providing superior lifesaving services on the county’s beaches to residents and visitors alike. Today, St. Johns County Marine Rescue is a part of St. Johns County Fire and Rescue Department. The Marine Rescue Section is an Advanced Certified Agency through the United States Lifesaving Association.
The department employs 6 year-round Fire/Rescue personnel assigned to Marine Rescue, and approximately 80 seasonal lifeguard staff members. In addition, we work with 20 firefighters who have cross trained to work at Marine Rescue incidents. The individuals who make up St. Johns County Fire/Rescue and Marine Rescue provide technical water rescue and lifeguard services to the entire 41 ocean front miles, as well as the 216 square miles of inland water that constitutes St. Johns County.
Beach Safety is Everyone’s Concern. Knowing how to stay safe on the beach and in the water can save lives. Check out our beach safety page for information, and also learn about rip currents, the strong, fast-moving, channels of water that move from the shore seaward.
St. Johns County Marine Rescue employs seasonal staff during the summer months from May to the end of September. Individuals wishing to work with Marine Rescue should attend one of the informational Orientation Meetings at the St. Augustine Pier Marine Rescue Office. For more information about orientations, please contact Marine Rescue (904) 209-0340. More information.
Jr. Lifeguard Program
The purpose of the St. Johns County Junior Lifeguard Program is to increase self-confidence and promote safe behavior in the aquatic environment. Throughout the course students will acquire a wide range of skills including first-aid, CPR and rescue techniques. Safety is our primary consideration anf each student will be challenged to have fun, become more confident in the water, and learn respect for themselves and each other. More Information.
For more information, please contact Amy Land, Marine Rescue (904) 209-0340.