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NOAA Hurricane Hunter Hangar Will Be Filled With Foam as Part of Fire Suppression Testing

Who: Lakeland Linder Airport Director, Gene Conrad.

What: High expansion foam generator test at NOAA Hangar. The hangar will fill up with foam to approximately 12 feet in height. The test only lasts about three minutes but because of the hangar size (58,000 SF), there will be a great deal of foam.

Why: High expansion foam is a fire suppressant system that totally floods a space to help secure three-dimensional fires that could occur from such sources as flammable liquids storage. The test is required by code prior to occupancy of the tenant.

When: Tuesday, May 9th at 9 a.m.

Where: NOAA Hangar at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport located at 3450 Flightline Drive, Lakeland Florida 33811. Parking will be available along Flightline Drive.

On Tuesday, May 9th at 9 a.m. there will be a great opportunity for the media to see something that doesn’t happen very often. A fire suppression system that disperses high-expansion foam will be tested at the NOAA Hangar at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport located at Flightline Drive, Lakeland, FL 33811. Event is open to the media only.

The 58,000 square foot facility will be filled with foam. The test will last approximately three minutes. Gene Conrad, Director of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and Carl E. Newman, Executive Officer, NOAA Aircraft Operations Center will be on hand to answer questions about the test and they will be glad to answer questions about the new home of NOAA’s hurricane hunter operations. Tours of the entire facility will not be available at this time due to the final completion schedule.

Applications suited for high-expansion foam include aircraft hangars, hazardous waste storage, paper product warehouse, tire warehouse, flammable liquid storage, mining, ship holds and engine rooms, power stations, gas turbine generators, cable tunnels, engine test cells, transformer rooms, basements, cellars and enclosed spaces, and communications switching stations.

LAKELAND, FL (January 30, 2016) - The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) is pleased to announce the hiring of thirteen new firefighters that will begin duty on Monday, February 6, 2017. The new hires are filling vacancies from recent retirements of longtime LFD veterans and openings left as a result of internal promotions.

The new firefighters will begin with the department’s month-long orientation program at the Lakeland Fire Department’s Training Center located at 901 Granada Street. Although all the new hires are certified firefighters, this training course is designed to teach the new firefighters how to do things the “Lakeland” way. They review a full spectrum of practical skills they need to perform on the job as well as emergency medical training before being released into the field.

“Our hiring committee is confident that it selected the best available candidates and it’s comforting to know that the new firefighters joining our ranks are highly skilled and qualified to continue providing the high quality emergency services our department is known for.” said Training Chief John Almskog, coordinator of the hiring effort and leader of the department’s four-week orientation program.

LFD strives to have a fire department that is representative of the community it serves. The department is proud that of the thirteen new hires, five are U.S. Military veterans. Additionally, the group of new firefighters includes a female, Hispanic, and African American firefighter, respectively. The group of new firefighters even includes a former NFL football player.

Of the new hires, one is already certified as a paramedic while the others are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). A majority of the new hires hail from central Florida and are graduates of area fire academies like the Ridge Career Center Fire Academy and Hillsborough Community College Fire Academy.

The new hires bring the department to a total of 171 personnel whom, last year alone, responded to nearly 24,500 call for service. 





LAKELAND, FL  (November 6, 2013) – The City of Lakeland will observe Veteran’s Day with festivities beginning Friday, November 8th at 6 p.m. with a free movie, the Glenn Miller Story at Lake Mirror. The movie is part of the Pics on the Promenade series and the night will include a rededication of the Frances Langford Promenade. The promenade was originally dedicated in 1946 with Langford in attendance.  Langford grew up in Lakeland and attended Lakeland High School before capturing the hearts of many entertaining the troops with Bob Hope during WWII. Langford actually plays a part in the Glenn Miller Story.  The Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror is located at 121 S. Lake Avenue, Lakeland, FL.


The celebration will continue on Saturday, November 9th at 10 a.m. with a ceremony honoring all those that have served in the armed forces. The annual Veterans Day Parade will immediately follow the honor ceremony. The parade begins at 11 a.m. from The Lakeland Center and will end in Munn Park.  Munn Park will be the highlight of activity immediately following the parade with military displays, memorabilia, camaraderie and refreshments.  Park events will conclude at 3 p.m.


Honor Flight Mission #15 launches from Lakeland Linder Airport on Tuesday, November 12th taking 80 WWII veterans and their guardians to Washington DC to visit the WWII Memorial.  Join in the Welcome Home Celebration at 8:00 p.m. at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Terminal that evening.  Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. The organization transports US veteran heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.


The public is encouraged to attend all events celebrating the sacrifice and dedication of all veterans. Veterans groups wishing to participate in the parade are invited to contact Gary Clark at (863) 688-1725 or through email at  Please visit the Polk County Veteran’s Council website for information regarding veteran affairs and for more information regarding the Pics on the Promenade movie series.