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Lake County firefighters to take timeout for safety training

RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2007

TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Division, will participate in a “stand down” exercise from June 17-23 to raise the level of awareness about firefighter safety.

Lake County is one of many fire departments across the United States and Canada scheduled to participate in the exercise organized by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). According to the IAFC, all fire departments are urged to suspend all non-emergency activity and focus entirely on firefighter safety.

This year’s stand down theme is "Ready to Respond," which will focus on the needed proper training, preparation and equipment before a call. Lake County firefighters plan to suspend non-emergency daily routines June 17-23 to review safety procedures and inspect safety gear and fire-fighting apparatus.

“This stand down will make sure every single one of our firefighters is healthy and safe so we can continue to serve the community,” said Jim Dickerson, Operations Chief for the Lake County Fire Rescue Division.

The international stand down, scheduled to start June 17 and continue until all personnel and duty nights have been covered, is sponsored by the IAFC, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the IAFC’s Volunteer and Combination Officers’ Section in partnership with 22 national fire service organizations.

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