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Now Accepting Applications from Qualified Firefighter to Fill 12 Positions

Lakeland Fire Department is Accepting Applications to Fill 12 Firefighter Positions 

Lakeland, FL --- The Lakeland Fire Department is excited to announce that beginning April 1, 2014 through April 15, 2014 it will be accepting applications to fill 12 vacant firefighter positions. 

The firefighters to be hired will fill positions left by recent retirements and will help meet personnel needs for the department’s new Fire Station 7, projected to be operational by later this year. 

The Lakeland Fire Department offers competitive pay and benefits, extensive professional development, and is an established leader in public safety in the region. As a result it is a highly desirable fire department to work for. More information about what LFD offers its employees is available at www.lakelandgov.net/lfd. 

LFD utilizes the National Testing Network (NTN) and requires a Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) of all applicants. The City of Lakeland is a drug-free work place and equal opportunity employer. 

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply at http://www.lakelandgov.net/employmentservices/EmploymentServices/JobOpportunities.aspx. Applications are only accepted online. 


 


Chiefs Present Update on ISO Rating and Station 7 at City Commission Meeting

Fire Chief Gary Ballard and Training Chief John Almskog presented an update on the department's newly improved ISO rating, as well as the progress of Station 7 earlier today at a regularly schedule City of Lakeland Commission meeting. 

The presentation, which kicked off the commission meeting held March 17, 2014 was designed to present a concise yet informative update on these two exciting developments happening at LFD. Several commissioners asked questions in regards to how the ISO rating is calculated, cost savings associated with the improved score, and provided favorable feedback about LFD.

Training Chief Almskog paraphrased the success these accomplishments bring the department during the presentation by saying "Lakeland Fire is not a good fire department, but rather a great fire department, that provides excellent service." The presentation made that abundantly clear.

To view the presentation and/or download a copy click here


Nine New Firefighters Join the Team

The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) is pleased to announce the hiring of nine new firefighters that began duty on Monday, January 27, 2014. The new hires are filling vacancies from recent retirements of longtime LFD veterans and openings left as a result of internal promotions. 

The hiring process was highly selective because of the large pool of applicants. Nearly 200 firefighters applied during the weeklong period that applications were being accepted. Another opportunity for firefighter hopefuls will be available later this year when the department will hire nine additional firefighters in anticipation of the department’s new Fire Station # 7, currently under construction. The new station, near the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, is expected to be completed by December 2014 and will provide both Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) services to the airport as well as provide emergency services to residents and businesses in southwest Lakeland. 

“The selection process was difficult because there were many qualified candidates to choose from. Our hiring committee is confident that it selected the best available candidates and it’s comforting to know that the new rookies joining our ranks are highly skilled and qualified to continue providing the high quality emergency services our department is known for.” said Training Chief John Almskog, coordinator of the hiring effort.

Of the nine new hires one is already a certified paramedic while the other eight are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), although the eight will have the opportunity to pursue paramedic training once on the job. 

The group of new hires is a young and diverse one, serving as a good representation of the community they will be serving in Lakeland. The new additions include a female firefighter, an African-American firefighter, and a Hispanic firefighter. Additionally, a majority of the new hires hail from central Florida and are graduates of area fire academies like the Ridge Career Center Fire Academy and Hillsborough Community College Fire Academy. 

The nine new firefighters will help significantly reduce current overtime costs to maintain minimum staffing at all stations. The new hires now bring the department to a total of 161 personnel whom, last year alone, responded to nearly 20,000 calls and serve nearly 100,000 residents within the department’s service area. 

See photos of the new recruits in action here

 


Groundbreaking Ceremony for Station 7. Construction is Underway.

The Lakeland Fire Department conducted the official groundbreaking ceremony for Fire Station 7 on Monday, November 18th at 1:30 p.m. (3150 Drane Field Road)

Fire Station 7 is estimated to be completed in late 2014. 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.” It is important to add that the effort to build a new Station 7 was prompted by a grassroots effort by nearby residents of Carillon Lakes after a fire early last year. 

The construction costs for 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 in late 2014 and it is being funded through City of Lakeland Public Improvement Funds and FDOT Grant funds.

 

The groundbreaking ceremony also provided a venue for Fire Chief Gary Ballard to announce that the Lakeland Fire Department has improved its ISO Mitigation (Fire Suppression Rating Score). More information in regards to the announcement will become available once the executive summary is provided to the LFD.

 

Watch the entire ceremony here. 

Additional photos are available here.  

Media Coverage for the event available here.

 


Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Station 7

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.