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Three New Lieutenants Promoted in Well Attended Ceremony

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 The Lakeland Fire Department promoted three new lieutenants in a joint ceremony held at Station 1. 
 

The well-attended ceremony was standing room only as family, friends, colleagues, and well-wishers filled the room. Guests included Mayor Howard Wiggs, several City of Lakeland Commissioners, City management members, and representatives from other city departments like Lakeland Police and Facilities. 

Promoted were Chris Farina, Dan Varner, and Jason Diaz. 

Chris Farina joined the Lakeland Fire Department on October 18, 2004 as a firefighter and was promoted to Driver Engineer January 17, 2010 prior to his most recent promotion to Lieutenant. Prior to becoming a firefighter with LFD, Chris worked with the Plant City Fire Department. Chris is a graduate of the Fire Academy at Ridge Career Center where he completed fire standards. He then pursued EMT training at Hillsborough Community College and continues to purse professional development having since received certifications as both a Fire Officer I and Fire Instructor. 

Dan Varner has been part of the Lakeland Fire Department as a firefighter since August 2004. Dan began his career in firefighting early with Bartow Fire Department as a volunteer while as an electrician in the area. He later decided to pursue Fire Standards training from Lake County Technical Center and went on to receive EMT certification from Polk State College. Dan, a driven professional who values professional advancement has since gone on to pursue and receive certifications as a Fire Officer I, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, Fire Fighter II. He also an avid USAR member and instructor. 

Jason Diaz began his career as a firefighter with the Lakeland Fire Department in 2005 having only served with LFD since. Prior to pursuing a career in the fire service, highly athletic Jason attended Warner Southern College where he played both college football and baseball and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. After deciding to become a firefighter, Jason enrolled at the Central Florida Fire Academy where he obtained his EMT certification and completed Fire Standards. Since having joined LFD, Jason has also gone on to obtain his paramedic certification as well an Associate in Nursing Degree from Polk State College.  Highly involved at the department, he serves as a member of the USAR team, and is actively involved in training new firefighters, USAR members, and paramedics.  Additionally, he holds Fire Officer 1 and Instructor III certifications. 

Congratulations to all three new lieutenants!  

Photos from the event are available here and on LFD's Facebook Page.

Check out video from the ceremony here


USAR Team Members Enhance Their Structural Collapse Rescue Skills

In late September of 2013, a select group of Lakeland Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team members attended a Structural Collapse Technician Course in Ocala, Florida. This specialized training opportunity gave LFD’s USAR members an opportunity to learn new life saving rescue techniques and the ability to train with fellow firefighters from throughout the state. 

The course offered by the state fire college was a unique experience for those involved.  The course was 80 hours of rigorous training.  It involved various methods of breaching and breaking concrete, usage of various cutting torches, lifting and moving significantly large objects utilizing a crane as well as some basic rigging and hand signals for crane operations, and shoring up of unstable buildings.  These skills are particularly useful in the event that access to a victim or multiple victims is needed for rescue as a result of a collapsed or significantly compromised building.  

“I enjoyed the class, it was challenging and informative.  I would encourage more firefighters to take and obtain this level of training.  The learning environment that the state fire college created was excellent.  It was great for team building and morale among team members.” said Firefighter Jason Diaz.  All of the firefighters that participated felt that it was a great learning experience and was very useful in improving their skills to better serve the people of Lakeland in the event of a structural collapse or situation requiring heavy rescue.  

Firefighters that attended were: 

 

Lt. Scott Gilbreath, Lt. Heath Seeber, D/E Dan Varner, D/E Kuikahi Kawailani, FF Jason Diaz