|The Operations section of the Lake County Fire Rescue Division provides daily response to a variety of emergency and non-emergency calls. These calls include, but are not limited, to fire suppression, emergency medical service (EMS), hazardous materials mitigation, search and rescue, auto accidents and many others.
Fire Rescue Operations personnel respond to fire, EMS and other emergencies as required to protect the citizens and property in the unincorporated areas of the County.
The personnel assigned to the Operations section are dual certified Firefighter/EMTs or Firefighter/Paramedics. This allows the Division to provide an added service to citizens. Currently, twenty (20) Lake County fire stations provide Advanced Life Support services. Patient transport by ambulance is provided by a third service - Lake EMS.
The Fire Rescue Special Operations Response Team (SORT) is a result of a collaborated effort between the Office of Fire Rescue and the Office of Emergency Management.
SORT handles all types of incidents that require very specialized skills and equipment to mitigate the situation. SORT incident response would include, but not limited to, the following type emergencies: gas leaks, hazardous material spills, confined space rescue, high-angle rescue, collapse/trench rescue, water rescue and complex or large-scale fire suppression incidents. SORT resources consist of thirty-three personnel over three duty shifts operating three (3) SQUADs and the support of one (1) TOWER truck.
Additionally, SORT responds and provides technical support to the Lake County Sherrif's Office (LCSO) during METH lab mitigation incidents. Also through a long standing collaborative effort, SORT jointly staffs the LCSO Marine Units on holidays or other special water events.
Fire Loss Management
This vital life safety function is coordinated by a state certified Fire Inspector [Fire Marshal/Fire Captain] and includes, but not limited to: routine fire inspections of commercial properties, new commercial properties plans review, residential smoke alarm outreach program, commercial pre-fire plan program, fire hydrant oversight, commercial fire watch details, and the permitting of professional fireworks shows, displays, and/or pyrotechnic special events or effects. Further information on fireworks/pyrotechnic shows can be found at the FIREWORKS PERMITTING PROCESS link provided here.
Firefighters provide pre-fire plan analysis of any special target hazards that may be present. Commercial plans review, new construction inspection and certificate of occupancy inspection is coordinated through the Lake County Office of Building Services by the assigned Fire Inspector.
Cause and origin fire investigations of all properties that experience a fire incident are conducted by the Lake County Fire Rescue Fire Marshal. When more extensive investigative action is warranted, a State Fire Investigator is summoned to the incident scene and works jointly with the Fire Marshal to determine the fire cause and origin.
Suspicious fires and/or "To Report Arson" should be reported to the Fire Marshal by calling 352-343-9458 or report it via Statewide Online at https://apps8.fldfs.com/arsonreporting/
Apparatus Fleet Management
Operations oversees and manages fleet support services in conjunction with the County Fleet Maintenance Division, which include the research and preparing technical specifications, vehicle and on-board equipment procurement, deployment assignments, and preventive maintenance routines to extend service life of the Fire Rescue fleet.