The Aruba Fire Department
(Brandweer Aruba)

Aruba, an Island 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean , with an average daily temperature of 82 degrees, an extremely dry climate and with the worlds nicest beaches is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean.

The history of the Aruba Fire Department (Brandweer Aruba in Dutch or Cuerpo di Bombero in our language) turned back to the colonial time.
The publication sheet 1887 # 20 was the first regulation in case of fire.
The firing of two cannon shots and the raising of a  red flag for fire alarm is prescribed in this document.
The inhabitants  were require to have ready on hand a pale filled with water in case of fire alarm.
In 1904 the cannon shots were replaced by horn blowers of the English Garnizoen.
In 1930 a new decree appeared where the Lieutenant governor is appointed as the commander of the fire brigade.
In 1954 the fire brigade was officially taken over by the Police department.
Fire stations were built in the residential quarters for the police personnel with the purpose to serve on the brigade.
The alarm system takes place by means of siren which were installed in these camping.
A number of technicians were appointed to carry out the vehicle's and other maintenance duty of the Police force and the Fire brigade
These vehicles are being stationed in the garage at the airport brigade which are to be used in case of fire alarm at the airport.
In 1961 the institution of full professional fire organization became possible by decree. However, it lasted until 1977 when the former Minister of Justice gave notice of the definite separation of the Police force and the Fire brigade. The Aruba Fire Department has made great strides to meet the needs of its citizens and to protect the thousands of tourists who visit this tiny island nation every day.

In 1972, a study was conducted by the Netherlands Government on request of local authorities, on how to improve fire safety on the island.
In 1973, Aruba sent its first candidate, Juan Lopez, to an 18 month professional fire officer course in the Netherlands. Since this focused on municipal fire department management, he then attended an airport fire officer course in Stansted (U.K.).  and hereafter in 1975 the reorganization of the Fire brigade started.
Also the setting up of the municipal professional fire fighting in combination with the Airport brigade which was made up of 18 civilians.
In 1979 a second fire station was opened in San Nicolas.
In 1986 Aruba became an autonomous entity in the Dutch Kingdom where a revision of ordinances started and the also setting up of a new law for the Fire brigade.
Together herewith the disaster control ordinance has been accomplished.

With the closing of the Oil Company in 1985, Aruba put a priority in tourism. So it became evident that it was time to start reorganizing the Fire Department taking into consideration the many hotels and buildings in construction and the intensify air traffic.
This has lead to a dramatic increase  in construction of high-rise hotels and apartments over the past 15 years.
The buildings are clustered together in a strip on the island's northwest coast near Aruba's bustling capital city of Oranjestad, which also serves as the island primary shopping district.
This construction has added new challenges for firefighters, who are also charged with protecting a busy international airport, scale 9 and the numerous cruise ships and other sea traffic that regularly make the island one of their ports of call.
Aruba is also home to a large oil refinery that was reopened in 1988 and protected by its own volunteer fire brigade.
The Aruba Fire Department provides mutual aids for any large scale incident at the refinery.
In 1989 an reorganization plan started called "Aruba l " and was stopped by the government in 1995 which year the first Fire Chief left the Fire Department.  We got another Fire Chief which left the department in April 2010.  

Due to a big fire in October 1995 where a nightclub, a supermarket and a hardware store burned down, a total of 7 new fire trucks was purchase in 1998 from the E-One company.  After a long process we had received four pumpers, a tanker and a bronto sky lift elevating platform, all built on cyclone II chassis, and a titan III six-wheel-drive airport crash truck.

Aruba has  more than 8,000 hotel rooms and 12 casinos. About 2,000,000 tourists visit this island annually and this number is expected to increase. Aruba  has a population of 110,000.
Recognizing the importance of an active fire prevention campaign, the department introduced the Fire Prevention Week program in 1976 sponsored by Aruba Female Jaycees. During this period of time in October, the schools receive instruction and lectures on fire prevention, and public awareness is high lightened via radio and television announcements.
A traditional muster and 10 kilometer run are also held  at the fire station on "demonstrations day" which is open to the public.
In 1991 it became law that all public buildings comply with most of the NFPA recommendations for fire safety.
All buildings higher than two stories must implement or upgrade/retrofit sprinkler and alarm systems. Also all existing shopping malls will have to comply with NFPA fire safety regulations in the near future.
In 1994 the third fire station "tango" was built to cover the high rise hotels within the 5 minutes.
Almost every day, people and tourist come to the fire stations for tours.
Most of the airlines fire safety inspectors also visit to monitor preparations in this field.
Positive remarks are the norm. The Aruba Fire Departments enjoy to receiving both authorities and tourist visiting the island.
Most of all, the Aruban Firefighters enjoy when a visiting Firefighters drops by to see the facilities and shares some experiences with them.
All fire officers and staff members have a minimum of Bachelor degree in engineering and have attended the fire academy in the Netherlands and Stansted (U.K.).
Aruba is the first island in the Dutch Kingdom to provide EMT training (US National register) for the Firefighters with the support of the Coastal refinery.
The Fire Chief has been designated the disaster coordinator role, and  is responsible for command and coordination of responses.
We are proud to say that we are one of the best  Fire Department in the region.

Let God give us strength and wisdom to serve our beautiful community


Station Listings

3 station is listed below.
1994 Tango,   Head quarter Tanki Flip # 13
1975 Oscar,  Reina Beatrice International Airport
1981 Sierra,  Markstraat #    San Nicolaas

Apparatus Listing

NAME TYPE YEAR PUMP (gpm) WATER TANK (gallons) FOAM (gallons) DRY (lbs)  
AS-3 Pumper 


1990 '750 '750    
AS-4 Pumper


1997 '750-2000 '1500      
AS-5 Pumper


1997 '750-2000 '1500      
AS-6 Pumper


1997 '750-2000 '1500    
AS-7 Pumper


1997 '750-2000 '1500      
TW-2 Tanker


1997 '750-2000 '3000    
TW-3 Tanker

MACK MS-688s

1992 '500 '3000    
HV-1 Rescue


HV-2 Rescue

FORD F-350

HW-16 Rescue 


1997 '750-2000 '400    
CT-11 Airport


2008 '1800 '3000 '400 '500
CT-12 Airport


2004 '1800 '3000 '400 '500
CT-13 Airport


1989 '1200 '1500 '200 '800
CT-14 Airport


1997 '1800 '3000 '400  
R.I.V. Airport


1989 '1000 '1000 '130 '500
DP-1 Dutch Immerse pump

with 6 inch hoses

  '1500 / 3000        

Other vehicles and equipment of the fire department

AS-8  Dutch wheeled Pump The Fire Chief