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Lake County Fire Rescue Receives Grant to Correct Shift Size

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:22 am

TAVARES – Lake Coun-ty Fire Rescue has been awarded the Department of Homeland Security’s 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. The $1.75 million grant will partially fund 15 new firefighter positions to increase staffing levels at current stations.

The new positions made possible by the grant will provide an opportunity to add an additional firefighter on some of Fire Rescue’s more active units, ultimately improving operational efficiency, staff and public safety. Additionally, the grant will help reduce overtime, particularly mandatory over-time.

“These staffing changes will dramatically improve re-sponse times, increase the safety of citizens and help prevent injury to personnel,” said Lake County Fire Res-cue Chief Jim Dickerson.

The federal funding will allow Fire Rescue to move closer to achieving the Na-tional Fire Protection Agency (NFPA 1710) recommended standards. The standard specifies requirements for effective and efficient orga-nization and deployment of fire suppression operations, emergency medical oper-ations, and special opera-tions to the public by career fire departments to protect residents and the occupational safety and health of fire department employees.

The career firefighters of Lake County Fire Rescue protect county residents and visitors in an area covering approximately 1,200 square miles, with nearly 70,000 residences and up to 2,000 commercial properties. For up-to-date news on Lake County Fire Rescue, visit, www.facebook.com/Lake-CountyFireRescue or www. twitter.com/lakefirePIO.