Orange County Government, Florida
Media Contact: Kat Kennedy
(407) 832-3387 or kathleen.kennedy@ocfl.net
30 September 2016
Orange County Fire Rescue Rolls out 12 New Rescue Units as Part of “Invest in Our Home for Life”

ORLANDO, Fla. – As part of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ $300 million INVEST in Our Home for Life initiative, on Oct. 1, 2016, Orange County Fire Rescue will place 12 new rescue units into service. Three of the new units will be housed at Station 33 (Apopka Vineland Rd), Station 35 (Winter Garden Vineland Rd), and Station 86 (Babbitt Ave) – stations that do not currently have rescue units in service 24-hours a day. The availability of these new units on a round-the-clock basis will allow Orange County to better serve the growing communities of southwest Orange County and Wedgefield, which is located near our eastern border. The other nine new rescue units will replace older units that are currently in service.

“Through the INVEST program, we’re able to bring more resources and life-safety assets to our community,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “Our commitment to public safety through the investment of $30 million in Fire Rescue will further ensure the protection, health and vitality of our children and families, as well as our business and leisure visitors to the region.”

The INVEST initiative will provide long-term benefits to our citizens by supporting crucial infrastructure and public safety needs. Orange County Fire Rescue will receive $30 million in INVEST funds over the next five years for three new fire stations ($18 million), new fire apparatus and equipment ($7 million), and to partially fund a new regional fire training facility ($5 million).

“The demand for our services increases every year. We are committed to providing industry-leading performance and exceptional service and care to the citizens and visitors of Orange County,” said Fire Chief Otto Drozd III. “We greatly appreciate the support Mayor Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners have provided to help us achieve superior results.”

Orange County Fire Rescue responds to nearly 81,000 EMS calls annually with an average of 163 daily transports. The new rescues will enhance the department’s network of advanced life support transport units and improve its efficiency in responding to critical medical emergencies.

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About Orange County Fire Rescue: Orange County Fire Rescue is the largest fire and rescue department in Central Florida. It serves more than 990,000 citizens and visitors and responds to nearly 115,000 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.

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.