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Dedicated Firefighters

Leaders in Emergency Medicine

Experienced Prevention and Safety Professionals

Active and Engaged Participants in Our Community

There For You When You Need Us Most

The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) works diligently to live up to the City of Lakeland’s values and to fulfill the department’s mission and vision.  LFD is made up of an incredibly dedicated and diverse group of people who consistently display a professional commitment to protect the life and property of Lakeland’s citizenry and visitors.

It is LFD’s duty to provide professional, compassionate, and respectful emergency services to anyone in need. The Lakeland Fire Department is proud to be an Insurance Services Office Class 1 department, the highest achievable rating. This rating is thanks to the quality, coverage, services, and preventative measures taken by the department. The ISO 1 rating also affords the community with peace of mind and lower insurance rates. 

LFD provides multiple services, including: fire suppression, non-transport Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services response, fire inspections and investigations, plans review, and community outreach.  LFD is also very dynamic in that it has a Technical Rescue Team offering rescue service in confined spaces, trench, high angle, building collapse, and vehicle or machinery entrapment. Additionally, the department also provides Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) protection at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland’s regional airport.

You’re invited to explore the website and become more familiar with the department’s several divisions while gaining a greater appreciation for the quality and professionalism of the people that make it possible.


To be the best public safety organization focused on providing superior service.


Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our community through servant leadership in a positive organizational culture.


To perform my duty with honor, integrity, and trust. 


Everyone goes home. 

Featured Department News

All Department Media Releases Available Here

  • Image of Blaze, Lakeland's Firefighting Swan

    Fire Prevention Week Happens October 6 – 12 and LFD Celebrates with Coloring Book Reveal and Truck or Treat.

    In honor of FPW, the department is officially presenting its Practice Fire Safety coloring and activity book. The book was custom made by the department and features Blaze the Firefighting Swan, which was named by the community in an online contest. The book touches on several important fire safety concepts and is available as a free download. The book will also be distributed to children in the Lakeland area.

  • Dignitaries and design committee members cutting ribbon for new fire engine 51

    Lakeland Welcomes New Engine 51

    On August 5, 2019, the Lakeland Fire Department welcomed its newest fire engine, Engine 51, into service. This is an exciting addition to the department because Engine 51 is the Lakeland Fire Department’s first clean-cab concept apparatus. E 51, and all other fire engines to come, are specially designed to protect the department’s firefighters from unnecessary exposure to carcinogens. 

  • Driver Engineer Harvey Ries photographed with his award, flanked by Fire Chief Douglas E. Riley and Assistant Chief Michael Williams.

    Driver/Engineer Harvey Ries is LFD's 2019 Firefighter of the Year

    Congratulations to Driver/Engineer Harvey Ries! He is the Lakeland Fire Department's Firefighter of the Year (2019), as recognized by the Lakeland Knights of Columbus.This is the first of several community awards presented in the first quarter of the year to First Responders in Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement for performing heroic acts of service, on and off-duty. Harvey was nominated and subsequently won the award for his heroic efforts during a car accident with multiple patients, while off-duty.

  • Exhausted Firefighter, kneeling, after Structure Fire

    Lakeland Fire Department Providing Training to Address Rising Mental Health and Suicide Concerns in the Fire Service

    The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) will be hosting mental health and wellness Peer Support training for firefighters on Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Fire Station 7. Depression, increased rates of suicide, and other symptoms of mental health trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), are leading health issues for firefighters in today’s fire service. 

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