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Department Featured in Front Page Story About Animal Rescue Efforts

The department was featured in a front page profile piece about how firefighters in the Polk County community provide animal rescue in unique situations. 

Read more about at Helping Man or Beast: For Polk Firefighters, Rescuing Animals Is Just Part of the Job

 


Commercial Structure Fire at Rubber Roller Manufacturer Finzer Roller

Commercial Structure Fire at Rubber Roller Manufacturer Finzer Roller

Lakeland --- At approximately 3:00 PM, the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) responded to a structure fire at Finzer Roller located at 733 Kraft Road. A fire began in a rubber by-product filtration mechanism located outside of the company’s manufacturing building.

The filtration mechanism is located directly outside and adjacent to the main building where manufacturing takes place and is connected to the manufacturing building through a duct system. Although the exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined by state investigators, the fire is known to have begun in the filtration mechanism (pictures attached), likely as a result of some friction created in the normal manufacturing process. The fire did spread to the main manufacturing building as a result of the connection through the duct system but did remain contained to the ductwork.

Firefighters quickly contained the structure fire and by 3:22 PM it was out. 11 employees were working at the commercial operation at the time of the fire. All employees were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported. The incident did occur in unincorporated Lakeland in the Lakeland Fire Department’s Outside Protection Area and any further investigation will be handled by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Finzer Roller is a rubber roller and specialty coating manufacturer.

Engines 71, 41, 21, Heavy Rescue 14, Rescue 42, Battalion 1, and county emergency medical services responded. The scene was cleared by approximately 4:45 PM. 

Photos available at facebook.com/lakelandFD

 


Stay Safe This 4th of July by Leaving the Fireworks to the Professionals

This 4th of July, the Lakeland Fire Department encourages you to stay safe. Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.

 

NFPA's Dan Doofus urges people not to use consumer fireworks because they are too dangerous. Fireworks are responsible for thousands of fires and injuries each year.
Fireworks by the numbers
  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Source: NFPA’s Fireworks report, by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2013
Source: NFPA’s Fireworks Fact Sheet, Fire Analysis and Research Division, June 2014



"Move Over" Law Amended To Include Other Public Workers in addition to Public Safety Workers

The MOVE OVER law requires motorist to move aside or slow down to less than 20 miles per hour of posted speed limit if moving isn't possible. This law helps protect the lives of public safety workers on roads. 

The Lakeland Fire Department has had several close calls. There have been incidents where motorist have hit LFD fire apparatus set up to help victims during car accidents, and it could have seriously injured or killed a LFD firefighter on scene. 

Effective today, July 1st, the amended MOVE OVER ACT adds utility service vehicles and sanitation vehicles to the list of public safety vehicles motorists must already slow down or move over for to protect personnel. 

Under the new law, motorists are required to:

Approach law enforcement patrol cars, emergency vehicles, utility service vehicles, sanitation vehicles, and tow trucks/wreckers with caution.

Change lanes away from these vehicles if traveling on a multi-lane roadway and able to move over safely; or
Slow down to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit, when a clearly identified emergency or work-crew vehicle is parked and crews are working.

Violating the Move Over Act can result in a fine and points on your license.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offers more information on the law online at http://www.flhsmv.gov/safetytips/moveovertips.htm

The city of Lakeland's Communications team developed an advertisement campaign to help spread the word about the changes. Featured in the print media is LFD's very own Lt. Heath Seeber, representing the fire service's interest in the life saving law. 


Fire Inspector Anthony "Tony" Parrish Retires After 27 Years of Service

On June 30, 2014 the Lakeland Fire Department bid a fond retirement-farewell to a 27 year veteran of the force, Anthony Parrish. Tony, as he is known to everyone at LFD, began his career in 1987 as a firefighter and served in that capacity through 2006, when he went on to serve as a Fire Inspector until his retirement Monday, June 30. A valued member of the fire safety management division, Tony performed fire safety inspections, fire investigations, and reviewed building plans in the northern Lakeland zone he served.

He was joined by well-wishers made up of family, friends, and colleagues at his retirement ceremony held at Fire Station 1. He is looking forward to enjoying his retirement and says he plans on spending time enjoying his hobbies which include fishing, scalloping, swimming, boating, and even a little bit of yard work.

Congratulations Tony Parrish and thank you for your many years of dedicated service to the people of Lakeland.