TAVARES — Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who also serves as the state fire marshal, has announced that Lake Technical Center’s (Lake Tech) Fire Academy has been named “Fire Training Center of the Year.”
The Fire Academy is offered at Lake Tech’s Institute of Public Safety on Lane Park Cut-Off in Tavares, and was recognized as part of the 2013 Fire Service Awards.
“Lake Tech’s Institute of Public Safety is an impressive facility that offers workforce training for those looking for a career in public safety,” said Adam Sumner, interim director of Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism Department. “By being recognized at the state level, it establishes the county as being at the forefront for workforce development in this field.”
Lake Tech’s fire-service technology programs consist of the basics of firefighting: equipment, organization, fire-service occupational safety and health, fire investigation, fire code and fire detection. It has been offering this training to rescue-service personnel since 1982.
The school was nominated for the award by the Florida Fire Training Directors Association for several reasons:
• Students who are enrolled in the fire science technology program at Lake Tech Fire Academy consistently demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to have a safe, vital and rewarding career in the fire service.
• Lake Tech’s Fire Academy has provided multiple classes to Florida’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces Four, and two Weapons of Mass Destruction classes through Homeland Security, Minimum Standards Classes, and offers remedial training for all graduates and conducts employment testing.
• Lake Tech Center’s Institute of Public Safety’s Fire Academy, partnering with Lake County and the City of Tavares, hosts the annual Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge event, which promotes physical fitness of firefighters.
For more information about the Lake Tech Fire Academy, visit http://www.laketech.org/ips/fire-fighter.