The Lakeland Fire Department’s (LFD) Communications and Outreach division manages all media and public relations on behalf of the department. Its purpose is the prompt and efficient exchange of information for the benefit of Lakeland’s citizens and visitors. The Public Information function is structured to support the Lakeland Fire Department and to promote the department in a positive manner.
The Lakeland Fire Department strives to foster a positive working relationship with all media outlets, including but not limited to TV news, print and online media organizations. The Lakeland Fire Department is proud of the relationships it has built with the local, state, and national news media; and most importantly with the community.
The department's Public Relations and Information Manager serves as Public Information Officer (PIO) and is responsible for responding to media requests, issuing media releases, incident alerts, and providing the media with information about and at emergency scenes. In addition, the PIO monitors news stories to ensure accuracy in reporting events that occur in Lakeland. Routine media inquiries and records requests are handled as expeditiously as possible. Additionally, the department provides information about breaking news events, safety tips, and other departmental activity through all of its social media sites.
A primary objective of the department is to provide superior emergency service and positive interactions with the public. This is achieved through continued outreach and communications efforts at the department with citizens and the media.
Driver/Engineer Harvey Ries is LFD's 2019 Firefighter of the Year
Congratulations to Driver/Engineer Harvey Ries! He is the Lakeland Fire Department's Firefighter of the Year (2019), as recognized by the Lakeland Knights of Columbus.This is the first of several community awards presented in the first quarter of the year to First Responders in Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement for performing heroic acts of service, on and off-duty. Harvey was nominated and subsequently won the award for his heroic efforts during a car accident with multiple patients, while off-duty.
Lakeland Fire Department Providing Training to Address Rising Mental Health and Suicide Concerns in the Fire Service
The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) will be hosting mental health and wellness Peer Support training for firefighters on Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Fire Station 7. Depression, increased rates of suicide, and other symptoms of mental health trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), are leading health issues for firefighters in today’s fire service.
2019 Lakeland Firefighter Calendar to Benefit SPCA Florida Now on Sale
Lakeland, FL (October 18, 2018) | For the fourth year in a row, the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) and SPCA Florida proudly present its Rescued Pets Calendar!
Update: More Lakeland Firefighters Sent to Relieve USAR Team
Lakeland, FL (October 17, 2018) | Six Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) Technical Rescue Team 421 (TRT 421) members have been deployed in the Florida panhandle since October 10, 2018 assisting in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.