TAVARES — Lake County Public Safety Director John Jolliff has been installed as a member of the Board of Directors with the prestigious Central Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association (CFFCA), serving public fire and emergency medical service (EMS) agencies in Lake, Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. The CFFCA’s mission is to promote proactive leadership throughout the Central Florida fire, EMS and emergency services profession that establishes and supports common goals and objectives, cooperative partnership opportunities, and the professional development that meets the needs of its agencies, members, and the communities they serve.
“I am thrilled to serve on one of the state’s largest fire chiefs’ associations, and hope to share my expertise as well as learn from my peers so that I may give back within my own county, and beyond,” said Director Jolliff.
Jolliff has more than 42 years of fire service experience, most recently as Public Safety director/fire chief with Lake County for the last five years, having joined the organization as deputy fire chief in 2004.
Director Jolliff has written over $2 million in grants for the department, helped maintain and grow Lake County Fire Rescue during his tenure, and worked to establish automatic aid agreements with six cities over the last two years.
“Lake County has made tremendous strides in working with local municipalities on automatic aid agreements, which allow the closest available unit, whether city or county, to respond to emergency calls,” said Jolliff. “These successful partnerships help supplement manpower and equipment and provide citizens with a higher level of service and quicker response times, while saving taxpayer money.”
Jolliff began his career as a firefighter with the Altamonte Springs Fire Department in 1974, working his way up to assistant fire chief. Jolliff retired in 2000, having led the department in a painstaking accreditation process. He later became the Mount Dora Fire Department chief, where he established advanced life support (ALS) services and hired on the city’s first firefighter/paramedics.
For more information about Lake County Fire Rescue, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/firerescue, www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO or www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue.