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The Lakeland Fire Department is very proud to announce and congratulate Driver Engineer Stuart Curk on becoming the first certified Aircraft Master Firefighter at LFD! D/E Curk is a highly knowledgeable veteran of the department, with over 34 years of service. D/E Curk is far too humble to ever bring attention to himself, but the department is proud to share the good news with the community! 

The Airport Master Firefighter (A.M.F.) certification is a significant one to have because it serves to show that the firefighter has mastered the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting body of knowledge essential to manage an airport emergency, an airport fire department, and its administration and management.

The certification program requires several years of experience as an airport firefighter in addition to several years of regular firefighting experience, the completion of a 40+ hour training program, the completion of three National Incident Management System (NIMS) courses, and successfully passing a grueling 150 question exam that can only be taken once. Phew! No easy task. 

This certification is beneficial to the people of Lakeland and those served by the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, in having a highly knowledgeable firefighter in the event of an emergency situation.

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Working Group (ARFFWG), collectively known as the ARFF Training Alliance, designed this certification to enhance the knowledge and career ambitions of Aircraft Rescue Fighters regardless of rank. It is a self-study program structured to provide ARFF personnel with an enhanced knowledge of ARFF Operations. If you would like to learn more visit .


The Lakeland Fire Department will conduct the official groundbreaking ceremony for Fire Station 7 on Monday, November 18th at 1:30 p.m.  The physical location of Station 7 is 3150 Drane Field Road.

The current station is housed in a temporary facility at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport until the new state of the art fire station is ushered in by late 2014. The building will stand out compared to the department’s other stations due to its modern and environmentally conscious design.  Once the facility is built it will house the recently purchased Fire Engine 71, the two ARFF units, a heavy rescue vehicle and nine personnel on a 24-hour rotation. 

Lakeland Fire Chief Gary Ballard said, “Our design team has developed a station that will meet the safety needs of the airport, the needs of our residents and the commercial development around the airport.” He added, “We are very eager to start providing much needed service to the citizens in Southwest Lakeland with the new permanent facility.”

The construction costs associated with Station 7 are $3.5 million.  The station once built will be 15,900 sq.ft. and it will house five bays and four fire fighting vehicles.  The station is estimated to be completed November 2014 and it is being funded through City of Lakeland Public Improvement Funds and FDOT Grant funds.

The public is welcome to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, marking a historic event for the Lakeland Fire Department.