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LAKELAND, FL (September 2, 2015) - The Lakeland Police Department is joining the Drug Enforcement Administration in the 10th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day where citizens who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs may bring them to the Lakeland Police Department (219 N. Massachusetts Avenue) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Those unable to attend the September 26th event can still properly get rid of unwanted medications by using the secure prescription drug drop box located in the Lakeland Police Department lobby. The City of Lakeland Water Department would like to remind citizens to not flush unwanted drugs down the toilet because flushing medications leads to water pollution.

Previous prescription medication collections held in Polk County have resulted in over 1,700 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals. All recovered medications were incinerated. 

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. According to the 2013 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 24.6 million Americans are illicit drug users. Each day, thousands of teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.




WHO: Lakeland Fire Department

WHAT: Unveiling of new Fire Engine 71 at the Temporary Southwest Lakeland Fire Station located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

WHY: To provide fire and rescue service to Southwest Lakeland residents and businesses

WHEN: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 9 a.m.

WHERE:  In front of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Terminal at 3900 Don Emerson Drive


LAKELAND, FL (June 7, 2013) – The Lakeland Fire Department will officially open the temporary fire facility at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Monday, June 10th at 9 a.m. with an unveiling of the new Fire Engine 71.  The temporary station will house Engine 71 and the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) unit that is dedicated to public safety inside airport property.    The temporary station will house six personnel on a 24-hour rotation with four dedicated to Engine 71 and two dedicated to the ARFF unit.


Engine 71 will be dedicated to serving residents and business in the Southwest Lakeland area.  The unit was delivered to the Lakeland Fire Department in early May and then it was outfitted with equipment to get ready for service.  Engine 71 was built in Appleton, Wisconsin by Pierce Manufacturing, a global leader in custom fire trucks and fire apparatus.  The unit is equipped with a 55’ sky boom to assist in elevated aerial firefighting and it will be staffed with at least one paramedic for rescue response.


The permanent Fire Station 7 is estimated to be completed summer 2014.  Once the facility is built it will house an additional fire fighting apparatus and 10 personnel on a 24-hour rotation.  Lakeland Fire Chief Gary Ballard said, “Our design team is preparing the bid documents for Station 7 and we expect those packets to be ready later this summer.  We hope to break ground for the new facility by early fall of this year.”  He added, “We are very eager to start providing much needed service to the citizens in Southwest Lakeland and our temporary station will do that until we get our permanent facility built.”