- Fire Department
Our mission is to protect lives and property. We will accomplish this mission through Dedication, Determination and Sacrifice. We shall be successful. "Committed to Excellence since 1993"
Tequesta Fire Rescue was established in October of 1993 by a vote of the residents of the Village of Tequesta. The Fire Department, under the direction of Chief James B. Trube, is made up of twenty-four paid employees. The Fire Department provides a variety of services including:
• Fire Suppression
• Emergency Medical Services
• Fire Inspections
• Plans Review
• Public Education
• Emergency Management coordination, etc.
The Fire Department also provides services to the communities of Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony and un-incorporated Palm Beach County through contractual agreements. For additional information please contact us at our administrative offices.
- Do I need a fire safety inspection for a Business Occupational License?
Yes. Call 561-768-0550 to schedule an appointment for a fire safety inspection. Prior to calling, you will need to have one fire extinguisher (type 2A 10BC) for every 3000 sq. ft. It must have a current tag from a Fire Equipment Company. The Emergency Exit lights must work. There should be no extension cords in use. The address should be properly displayed.
- Do I need a fire safety inspection for a Home Business License?
Yes. Call 561-768-0550 to schedule an appointment for a fire safety inspection. Prior to calling, you will need to have a 2A 10BC (5 lb.) fire extinguisher with a current tag.
- Does the Village of Tequesta require an annual fire safety inspection for businesses?
Yes. We consider ourselves to be partners with our business community. If we can prevent a fire from occurring, the result will be no economic loss for the business and the Village of Tequesta. Our focus when performing these inspections is life safety and the prevention of fires. Inspections are performed in accordance with the Florida Fire Prevention Code. Some of the things we look for during an inspection include:
- Improper use of extension cords
- Improper storage of flammable materials
- Adequate and clear exiting signs
- Available fire extinguishing equipment that is mounted properly and up to date
- Properly displayed addresses, etc.
If during our fire inspections we note any code violations, the business or building owner will be given written notice and an adequate correction period. If compliance has not been achieved in the time frame allowed, the issue may be referred to code enforcement for further actions and possible monetary fine.
- How do I get information on the closest fire hydrant or fire station for insurance purposes?
If you live in the corporate limits of Tequesta just call us at 768-0550 and we will obtain this information for you. If you reside in Palm Beach County there is a designated insurance line, which is 561-233-0066 or you can complete an on-line request.
- Does the Village of Tequesta have a Needle Disposal Program to dispose of used needles, syringes and lancets (Sharps)?
Yes, this Program is provided for the private sector only. We will dispose of your used syringes and lancets in approved biohazardous waste sharps containers. Please call us at 768-0550 for further information.
- How do I dispose of hazardous waste (motor oil, paint, fuel, electronics, etc.)?
Items such as batteries, used oil, mercury, fluorescent bulbs, paint, propane cylinders, medical waste, etc. can be taken to the Solid Waste Authority. The Solid Waste Authority that has someone in attendance is located at 7501 N. Jog Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33412, phone 561-640-4000. The closest facility is the North County Transfer Station, 14185 Military Trail (SWA Road), Jupiter, FL 33458. Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday: AM – 3:00 PM. This facility is unattended. 7:00 A list of some non-toxic substitutes that can be used in place of common household products that are hazardous is found on the SWA website.