Fire Department


The mission of the Lake Wales Fire Department is to protect the lives and property in our community from loss due to fire, medical emergencies, and other disasters through public education and awareness as well as fire suppression and rescue services. Caring about those we serve, we strive to provide the most efficient and highest quality services possible.


The Lake Wales Fire Department provides fire and advanced life support rescue services. Lake Wales is 14 square miles with a population of 17,500. The department’s service area also includes parts of unincorporated Polk County and is approximately 20 square miles.

The Lake Wales Fire Department responds to approximately 3,300 emergencies per year. In addition, the prevention department performs approximately 1,215 fire inspections annually.


The Lake Wales Fire Department is staffed by 30 line personnel, the Fire Marshal, a Fire Inspector, and our Fire Chief, Joe Jenkins.


  •   3 engines
  • 1 ladder tower
  • 1 ALS/mini-pumper
  • 1 ALS/ non-transport rescue
  • 1 brush truck
  • 1 rescue boat
  • 1 Command vehicle
  • 1 Chief's car


Our Main Fire Station is located in the Municipal Services Center at 253 West Central Avenue, just east of the U.S. 27 and Central Avenue intersection. Our North Fire Station is located at 600 Chalet Suzanne Road, just east of Eagle Ridge Mall.

We welcome you to visit each of our facilities. Our firefighters would be more than happy to take you on a tour of the stations and answer any questions you may have.
New ISO Class 3