Orange County Government, Florida
Kat Kennedy, Public Information Officer
(407) 832-3387 (work)
Email: kathleen.kennedy@ocfl.net
28 October 2015
Orange County Fire Rescue Welcomes the Community to Adopt a Fire Station During the Holiday Season

Orange County, FL - This holiday season, Orange County Fire Rescue will be participating in Adopt a Fire Station - an event focused on bringing holiday cheer to firefighters as they work through the holiday season.

The purpose of Adopt a Fire Station is to provide community groups with an opportunity volunteer their time with Orange County firefighters over the holidays. Local businesses, organizations and neighboring communities are welcomed to schedule a visit to an Orange County Fire Rescue station to visit with firefighters and tour the station. Visitors may bring food or holiday treats to the stations if desired.

“This is a heart-warming and humbling event for our firefighters,” says Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd III. “It is a wonderful feeling to have the community say thank you while our firefighters spend the holiday season away from their families. We are excited to host the events at our stations.”

Orange County’s Fire Rescue Department and Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization Division have teamed up to make the event bigger and better than previous years. Mayor Teresa Jacobs started this initiative in 2012, and the event has since grown in interest and participation. With 29 of the 41 fire stations adopted last year, Orange County Fire Rescue is striving for all 41 stations to be adopted over the holidays.

The event takes place throughout November and December. To participate in Adopt a Fire Station, contact Tiana Davis with Orange County Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization Division at 407-836-5531 or Tiana.Davis@ocfl.net.

About Orange County Fire Rescue
Orange County Fire Rescue is the largest fire and rescue department in Central Florida. It serves more than 924,000 citizens and visitors and responds to nearly 100,000 calls for service annually. The mission of the Orange County Fire and Rescue Department is to provide fire suppression, emergency medical and community risk reduction services to ensure our community can enjoy a high quality life and property protection delivered with compassion and integrity. Follow us on Twitter at @OCFireRescue.

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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County facebook and twitter pages.