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CITIZENS ACADEMY

CITY OF LAKELAND OFFERS HANDS ON CLASS IN GOVERNMENTOLOGY

 

LAKELAND, FL (January 10, 2013) -- The City of Lakeland is offering its 12th  Citizens Academy to area residents starting February 28, 2013.  The Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that familiarizes citizens with City services and the functions of City Departments.

 

The Lakeland Citizens Academy allows residents to get a behind the scenes look of how City government operates and it provides an outlet for citizen input. The program consists of six (6), two (2) hour evening sessions. 

 

2013 Session Dates

 

February 28     History & Finance

March 7          Police Department

March 14        Fire Department

March 21        Public Works & Planning

April 4             Utility Services

April 11           Parks & Recreation                

 

 

The program is limited to 30 citizens aged 16 or older.  Enrollment in the class is based on a first-come-first-served basis.  All participants interested in the Citizens Academy are encouraged to attend all of the sessions in order to get the most from the program.

 

All sessions, unless otherwise noted, are from 6-8 p.m. and will be held in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue (a light dinner is served at 5:45 p.m. during all sessions).  Three sessions will meet away from City Hall and directions will be given for each City building or facility that houses a Citizen Academy session.

 

The class will graduate with a certificate in “Governmentology”  at the end of the last session.  Those interested in participating should contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264 or kevin.cook@lakelandgov.net to secure a spot on the roster.

 

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LAKELAND, FL (January 9, 2013) -- The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce that Shane Reynolds has been named Rescue Chief at the Lakeland Fire Department.  Reynolds first started in fire service in 1994 when he served as a volunteer for Polk County Fire Rescue.  He has been with the Lakeland Fire Department since 1995 and he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004.  Reynolds continued his medical training and became a paramedic in 2005.  Since then, he developed a leadership training program for the Fire Department and has instructed in various locations around the state of Florida. 

 

As Rescue Chief, he will be responsible for administrative work that ensures the readiness of medical personnel assigned to the Fire Department’s emergency medical units. His duties will include the coordination of Fire Fighter physicals and infection control; the management of quality assurance and improvement standards; and he will oversee the Department’s Advanced Life Saving program and all associated supervisory activities.

 

Reynolds said, “This is very exciting and I’m truly honored to be entrusted with this great opportunity.  I have been working toward this goal for a long time and I’m looking forward to advancing the Department’s rescue services.”  Fire Chief Gary Ballard said, “Reynolds is our obvious choice for this position.  He has a great passion for Fire Rescue Services and his continued leadership around the Department is evident.”

 

Reynolds is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration at Polk State College.  He holds Associate Degrees in Fire Science Technologies and Emergency Medical Services.  He is also certified as a Life Safety Inspector I, Instructor II and Fire Officer I.  He is married to his wife Rachel and they have a three-year-old daughter.  He is 38 years-old and he volunteers at Jerry’s Kid Camp for children with muscular dystrophy.