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Lakeland First Responders Prepare for Disaster Management

Lakeland First Responders Prepare for Disaster Management 

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland’s First Responders are preparing for future disasters at the Emergency Management Institute in Emittsburg, Maryland this week, gaining valuable knowledge in disaster management strategies. Representatives from the City of Lakeland include the Lakeland Fire Department’s Assistant Chief of Operations, Douglas Riley, Battalion Chiefs John Maddox and Mike Williams, Lakeland Police Department Captains Steve Walker and Hans Lehman, and the Lakeland Center’s Brandon Flynn. 

The Integrated Emergency Management Courses (IEMCs) are a four and half day exercise-based training activity that places Emergency Operations Center (EOC) personnel under realistic crisis situations within a structured learning environment. 

Lakeland’s First Responders are working alongside 68 colleagues representing all facets of Polk County government including the municipalities of Auburndale, Winter Haven, and Haines City to manage a hurricane scenario directly impacting Polk County. This scenario attempts to build awareness and skills needed to develop and implement policies, plans, and procedures in an EOC to protect life and property through applications of sound emergency management principles. This learning opportunity comes at a great value as travel, lodging, and transportation is paid for entirely by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Ideally these skills will never be fully utilized, however natural and man-made disasters like hurricanes pose a serious threat to the State of Florida every year so it is prudent that Lakeland and greater Polk County Emergency Response agencies be prepared for the worst to protect its citizens . The Integrated Emergency Management Course serves to build upon lessons learned from Hurricanes Charlie, Francis, and Jean from 2004, making our community a safer place in which to live. The fictional “Hurricane Penny” is the focus of this course exercise. 

 


Downtown CSX Rail Crossings to Close Week of April 19th for Maintenance Work

 

CSX Transportation will be conducting maintenance work on its rail line through Downtown Lakeland that will require the closure of the following crossings, starting on Tuesday afternoon, April 19th:

· Ingraham Avenue
· Massachusetts Avenue
· Kentucky Avenue
· Missouri Avenue

These crossings will be closed at the same time, with construction planned to be completed by Friday, April 22nd.

 


FREDERICK HIRED AS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

 


LAKELAND, FL (April 13, 2016) — The City of Lakeland is

pleased to announce Christopher Heath Frederick as the newly appointed Director of Public Works. Frederick succeeds Rick Lilyquist who retired from the City of Lakeland early November 2015 after serving 17 years in the position. 

 

City Manager Tony Delgado said, “We are very glad to have Heath join our City of Lakeland Team.  He has been the Public Works Director with the City of Deland for the past six years.”  He added, “The City conducted a national search and the selection team was very pleased with the quality of the pool of applicants.  A selection committee that included several City of Lakeland senior staff in addition to key members from the community all came to the same conclusion that Heath is the right fit to continue moving the City’s Public Works Department into the future. Heath is coming into a nationally accredited Public Works organization that has an incredible amount of talent and we believe his vision and philosophy is a strong match going forward.”

 

Frederick has over 15 years of experience in public works and construction management.  He began his career as a quality control manager overseeing construction projects in 1999.  He then worked for Orange County as an Engineer Inspector II before becoming the Public Works Director the for the City of Tavares where he served for five years before becoming the Traffic Operations Manger for the City of Medford, Oregon.  He was named the Director of Public Works for the City of Deland in 2010.  

 

Frederick said, “I am extremely excited to be joining such a visionary and professional team at the City of Lakeland as Director of Public Works. I am looking forward to becoming actively involved in the community and continueing the high level of customer service and vision that the Public Works team demonstrates daily.”

 

Frederick has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Faulkner University.  When not working, Frederick enjoys spending time with family and friends, and watching his children play sports.  He has a goal of running a half marathon in every state and he has completed 10 so far with another race scheduled in Nashville at the end of the month.  Frederick also hikes a section of the Appalachian Trail every year.  Frederick said, “I am thankful to have been blessed with three children who are my world, a daughter who is 13 and twin 11-year-old sons.”

 

Frederick will officially start on May 9, 2016 and will be paid an annual salary of $121,288.44.



Portion of Main Street to Close for Storm Pipe Installation

Beginning Monday April 25th City of Lakeland crews will be installing a new storm pipe across Main Street east of West Lake Bonny Drive. Main Street will be closed to thru traffic between West Lake Bonny Drive and Interlachen Pkwy for approximately 4 days. Detours will be clearly marked.