TAVARES – Lake County recently promoted four firefighters to the rank of lieutenant and graduated 11 new firefighters.
Collectively, the four new lieutenants represent over 32 years of hands-on experience in Lake County Fire Rescue. To attain the rank of lieutenant, each person competed in a comprehensive promotional assessment, with promotions based on overall score placement.
Also, 11 new firefighter recruits recently graduated from an intensive five-week orientation training conducted in-house by the Lake County Fire Rescue Training Section.
On Nov. 5, five of the recruits were employed and assigned to a duty station. The remaining six recruits will remain on an active waiting list pending future employment opportunities during the coming year.
Lake County’s Public Safety Department, Fire Rescue Division, provides fire rescue response to an 1,100-square-mile territory. Service protection is provided by 24 fire stations, 17 of which offer advanced life support; and an emergency workforce of 200 uniformed personnel.
In 2012, Lake County Fire Rescue responded to over 18,700 emergency calls for service, with an average unit response to a call every 28 minutes. Emergency medical calls accounted for 68 percent of total calls in 2012. Unit response time to emergencies currently stands at 6 minutes and 51 seconds for 90 percent of calls.
For more information about Lake County’s Fire Rescue Division, call 352-343-9458 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_safety/fire_rescue.