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Lakeland Firefighters Will Remind Motorist School is Back in Session

 Lakeland --- Summer fun is done and school is back in session starting Monday, August 18th for Polk County students. The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) will be promoting safety in school zones as part of its Back to School Safety Campaign, for the fifth year in a row.

On Monday, August 18th, Tuesday, August 19th, and Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, LFD personnel will be in Lakeland school zones holding signs urging drivers to:

SLOW DOWN | BUCKLE UP | NOT TEXT and DRIVE

LFD will have a fire engine and/or rescue truck and its crew posted at high visibility roadways and intersections near thirteen elementary schools in the department’s service area. 

Children will be crowding sidewalks and crossing many streets on their commute to and from school. Often in their excitement, children neglect to follow basic safety rules so it is up to motorist to be extra vigilant and to drive safely. The Lakeland Fire Department’s goal is to ensure that no child is injured this school year by a negligent driver. Since the beginning of this safety campaign in 2009, incidents involving motorist striking school bound pedestrians have steadily declined in Lakeland.

All emergency response units will remain in service while participating in the campaign and will continue to respond to emergencies with no interruptions in service.  


Lakeland Area Elementary School

Targeted Roadway / Intersection

Campaign Hours During Student Drop Off

Campaign Hours During Student Pick Up

Blake Academy

Hartsell Ave. / Sikes Blvd.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:15 - 3:00 PM

Carlton Palmore Elementary

Cleveland Heights Blvd. / Westover St.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:30 - 3:15 PM

Cleveland Court Elementary

Edgewood Dr. /Carolina Ave.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:15 - 3:00 PM

Dixieland Elementary

Ariana Rd. in front of school

7:15 - 7:45 AM

2:15- 3:00 PM

Jesse Keen Elementary

Wabash Ave. in front of school

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:15- 3:00 PM

Lincoln Avenue Academy

Lincoln Ave. / 10th St.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:15- 3:00 PM

North Lakeland Elementary

Robson St. / Baird Ave.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:30 - 3:15 PM

Philip O'Brien Elementary

Lime St. / Lake Parker Ave.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:30 - 3:15 PM

Rochelle School of the Arts

MLK Jr. Ave. / 10th St.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:00- 2:45 PM

Sleepy Hill Elementary

Griffin Rd. / Kathleen Rd.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:15 - 3:00 PM

Southwest Elementary

South Florida Ave. / Oak St.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:00- 2:45 PM

McKeel Academy Central *

North Florida Ave. / Oak St.

8:00 – 8:45 AM

3:00 – 3:45 PM

South McKeel Elementary Academy *

South Edgewood Dr. in front of school

8:00 – 8:45 AM

2:45 – 3:30 PM


* McKeel Academy Central and South McKeel Academy begin school on Thursday, August 14 and Friday, August 15 and will be visited then.

All emergency response units will remain in service while participating in the campaign and will continue to respond to emergencies with no interruptions in service.  

Media Release available here





On Monday, August 19th, Tuesday, August 20th, and Wednesday, August 21st, 2013, the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) will be promoting driving safety by reminding motorist that they should slow down and buckle up in consideration of school being back in session. The LFD will have a fire engine and/or rescue truck positioned at the busiest intersections near thirteen elementary schools in the department’s coverage area. 

Firefighters will be holding signs encouraging safe driving by reminding motorist to drive slowly in school zones and to buckle up. Firefighters will be stationed at high visibility roadways and intersections near the schools.   The Lakeland Fire Department’s goal is to ensure that no child is injured this school year by a negligent driver.  Since the beginning of this safety campaign in 2009, incidents involving motorist striking pedestrians have steadily declined.  

LFD apparatus and firefighters will be targeting the following schools at these intersections:

           

Lakeland Area Elementary School

Targeted Roadway / Intersection

Campaign Hours During Student Drop Off

Campaign Hours During Student Pick Up

Blake Academy

Hartsell Ave. / Sikes Blvd.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Carlton Palmore Elementary

Cleveland Heights Blvd. / Westover St.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Cleveland Court Elementary

Edgewood Dr. /Carolina Ave.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Dixieland Elementary

Ariana Rd. in front of school

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:00- 3:00 PM

Jesse Keen Elementary

Wabash Ave. in front of school

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:00- 3:00 PM

Lincoln Avenue Academy

Lincoln Ave. / 10th St.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:00- 3:00 PM

North Lakeland Elementary

Robson St. / Baird Ave.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Philip O'Brien Elementary

Lime St. / Lake Parker Ave.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Rochelle School of the Arts

MLK Jr. Ave. / 10th St.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:00- 3:00 PM

Sleepy Hill Elementary

Griffin Rd. /Kathleen Rd.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Southwest Elementary

South Florida Ave. / Oak St.

7:00 - 7:45 AM

2:00- 3:00 PM

* McKeel Academy Central

North Florida Ave. / Oak St.

8:00 – 9:00 AM

2:30 – 3:30 PM

* South McKeel Elementary

Academy

South Edgewood Dr. in front of school

8:00 – 9:00 AM

2:45 – 3:45 PM

 

* McKeel and South McKeel will be visited on Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16 for their first days of school. 

All units will remain available to respond to emergencies during these times. For more information contact Janel Vasallo at (863)834-8219 or Janel.vasallo@lakelandgov.net.