For immediate release - November 9, 2005
TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will take a break during the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. to view four new apparatus that will provide the community with greater safety and well being.
On display outside of the Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St., Tavares, will be a mobile health unit, special operations engine, tower truck and hazardous materials trailer.
The recently purchased mobile health unit will offer basic health services, immunizations and health screenings in areas that do not have access to healthcare services. The mobile health unit includes two exam rooms and will be staffed by the Lake County Health Department.
The special operations engine responds to a variety of emergency calls for the Lake County Department of Public Safety Fire Rescue Division. The engine is based out of Station 76 in Yalaha, one of three special operations stations strategically placed throughout the unincorporated areas of the County.
"Anything that is above and beyond the routine emergency call, this engine is responding," said Jim Dickerson, Lake County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief of Operations.
Lake County Commissioners will also view a new aerial tower truck that is able to reach heights of up to 95 feet. Based out of Lake County Fire Rescue Station 112 in the Four Corners community, the tower truck specializes in high angle and trench collapse rescues. The tower truck includes a 6-foot square platform with a cage, which makes it safer than a traditional ladder truck. The truck also has the ability to pump water up the tower.
"We sent it out to Four Corners because of the multistory buildings being built and currently built in this area," Dickerson said.
A hazardous materials trailer was recently purchased with a homeland security grant. Based out of Lake County Fire Rescue Station 76 in Yalaha, the trailer carries equipment needed when dealing with any hazardous material leak. The trailer also carries a fill station to refill firefighter air bottles, generators and lighting. The trailer was custom built by Leesburg-based company Beverage Body & Trailer Service.
"Any type of extended special operations and this apparatus will be taken to the scene to handle the event, such as an overturned gasoline tanker," Dickerson said.
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