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Lakeland Fire Department - Celebrating 100 Years of Service: 1916 - 2016

Lakeland, FL – 2016 is turning out to be a remarkable year for the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD). The new year not only marks the first time in the department’s history that it can tout an Insurance Services Office Classification of a 1 (the highest achievable rating in emergency response that a community can receive) but it is also the year in which the Lakeland Fire Department will celebrate 100 years as a career fire department. 

This is a historic event not only for the department but for the City of Lakeland. The department was officially made a career fire department by then city commissioners who had the foresight to professionalize emergency response services through an ordinance passed on August 16, 1916.  This was done for the benefit of the community in light of several catastrophic fires that had occurred in previous years.  

To mark the significance of this achievement and as a way of sharing that pride with the Lakeland community that makes it all possible, the department will be celebrating in several cost effective ways throughout 2016 in honor of its centennial. Centennial Celebration items include:

  • Commemorative centennial badges for emergency response personnel (paid for entirely out of pocket by the individual firefighters). The badges capture the department’s rich history with patriotic flair (photo attached);
  • Custom decals for all apparatus to highlight that LFD is proud to be “Celebrating 100 years of Service”. These will be on apparatus through August of 2017;
  • Commemorative flags at all stations to highlight the centennial; 
  • The restoration of Leaping Lena, the department’s original 1938 Pirsch Fire Truck to be used at public events like the Lakeland Christmas Parade. Restoration has been ongoing for a year;
  • A centennial celebration for the entire community at Fire Station 1 on August 13, 2016. It will be a free and public event to educate the community on the department’s past and present as well as fire safety. More information about the event will be provided closer to the event date. 

For more information about the department, its history, and the ways the Lakeland Fire Department is celebrating its 100 years as a career emergency response organization, visit http://www.lakelandgov.net/lfd .

 

You are encouraged to share this information with the community. For more information, interview requests with department representatives, filming, etc. please contact PIO Janel Vasallo.

 

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The Lakeland Police Department is scheduled for an onsite assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. 

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas; policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. 

As part of the onsite assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City of Lakeland Commission Chambers, located at 228 S. Massachuset
ts Avenue, Lakeland, Fl. 

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency ability to comply with CALEA standards. The local contact is Accreditation Manager Caroline Renew (863) 834-8907. 

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Lakeland Police Department’s ability to comply with standards for accreditation may send them to:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
135 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155
 

Road Work at East Edgewood Drive and South Florida Ave Begins March 21st!

On Monday, March 21 at 11:00 p.m. contractors working for the City of Lakeland will begin milling East Edgewood Drive from South Florida Avenue going east towards Troy Avenue. Work is expected to take 5 hours to complete.

On Tuesday, March 22, City of Lakeland Crews will be constructing a concrete median along E Edgewood Dr. beginning at 8:00 a.m. This work is planned to take a week to complete weather permitting.

On Monday, March 28, contractors working for the City of Lakeland will begin paving the roadway at 8:00 a.m. Delays again are expected. This work is expected to take 8 hours to complete.

Roads will remain open during the process; however delays are likely. Residents are asked to look for alternate routes and if traveling the work zone please use caution.


 

The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce the coming launch of ePlan, a web-based electronic and document workflow solution that allows customers and staff to initiate and complete the plan submission, review, markup, and approval process.  Unlike the current paper-based system, ePlan brings potential savings and efficiencies, including:

  • Submission of plans electronically from the customer's office, 24 hours a day / 365 days a year;
  • Concurrent reviews of plans by all professional and trade disciplines;
  • Reviewer markups made directly on the plans to provide direction and clarity as to any items which require correction;
  • Resubmission of corrected and revised plans electronically, with overlay comparison tools easing subsequent reviews;
  • Real-time return of approved, stamped plans once fees are paid.

When an applicant (architect, engineer, consultant, contractor, etc.) submits an application for a permit or project which requires drawings, ePlan will invite the applicant to upload the electronic plans and all relevant schedules and documents.  City review staff will have simultaneous access to review the plans and mark them with corrections and comments affording clearer communication by and between staff and applicant.  The applicant is notified of the changes requested and once made the plans are electronically resubmitted.


Ready to get started?  So are we.

Beginning Monday, March 14, 2016, applicants for building permits, concept and site plan review, whether application is made in-person or througheTRAKiT, will be invited to upload their plans to ePlan once the application is received.  The invitation will include login information and a link to the specific permit or planning project for which application was made.  A wealth of assistance including step-by-step tutorials has been created and will be accessible through the ePlan system.

HAVE QUESTIONS?  Don't hesitate to contact us!