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For immediate release - October 11, 2005

Lake County and Seminole County fire departments conduct joint training

TAVARES — Beginning today, the Lake County and Seminole County fire departments are conducting three days of specialized training.

Firefighters from both counties are receiving training in “tanker pump-off operations.” The training will enable the Lake County Fire Rescue Division, in the event of an emergency, to drill into an overturned tanker truck and drain its contents.

“This training is going to substantially increase our capabilities,” said Jim Dickerson, Assistant Chief of Operations for the Lake County Fire Rescue Division. “Previously we would have to call in a neighboring agency to assist in tanker-truck accidents. Lake County has never had this capability until now.”

In all, 30 Lake County firefighters will complete the one-day training course in Seminole County. The training will serve as a refresher and new training for members of the Seminole County Fire Department’s Special Hazards and Operations Team. Chris Johnson, Assistant Chief of the Seminole County Fire Department Training Division, is an area expert in mitigating this type of hazardous incident and will lead the training.

“This provides a great opportunity to train with our neighboring county,” said Leeanna Raw, Seminole County Fire Chief.

Ten firefighters from each department will attend the training each day. A total of 60 firefighters over the course of the three days from both the Lake and Seminole counties’ special hazards and operations teams will complete the training.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Local media representatives can witness a live training exercise on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Yankee Lake Treatment Plant, located off State Road 46, near the Lower Wekiva River State Park entrance. To reserve a spot for the training exercise or for more information, call Chris Patton at (352) 343-9609.


Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-455-0445

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