Lakeland, FL (June 20, 2018) | The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) is establishing a new fee structure for the routine fire inspections that its Prevention Division performs to maintain fire and life safety in the City of Lakeland.
The Lakeland Fire Department’s (LFD) Fire Prevention Division, responsible for fire inspections, permitting, fire investigations, and plans review, will now have Fire Inspectors available from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. These extended hours will benefit Lakeland’s contractors and business owners by offering additional hours of customer service, at no additional expense.
The Lakeland Fire Department is proud to announce that two if its Firefighter / EMTs, Douglas Novogrodsky and Joseph Allison, were recognized by the Polk County Presidents’ Roundtable on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 as Firefighters of the Year, respectively.
Michael Williams, former Battalion Chief at the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD), was selected as the department’s new Assistant Chief of Operations. Assistant Chief Williams will begin his new role effective immediately. The vacancy Williams is filling was created when Douglas E. Riley promoted to the position of Fire Chief, upon former Fire Chief Gary Ballard’s retirement.
City of Lakeland City Manager, Tony Delgado, has appointed Douglas E. Riley as the Lakeland Fire Department’s (LFD) new Fire Chief. Fire Chief Riley will begin his new role as the leader of the department on December 16, 2017. The appointment follows the retirement of Gary W. Ballard, who served as Fire Chief since 2010.
The Lakeland Police Department is currently investigating two suspicious homemade bottle devices found at separate locations this morning. Both were plastic bottles containing an unknown liquid substance and aluminum foil inside. Neither device was activated.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced that Doug Riley, Assistant Chief of Operations at the Lakeland Fire Department, has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). Chief Riley competed with hundreds of new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country to become a member of the highly competitive and prestigious 2018 cohort program. Along with being accepted into the program Chief Riley has been awarded a scholarship which covers the expenses for attending the program.
The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) is excited to announce that it will be accepting applications to fill vacant firefighter positions starting November 1 through November 30, 2017. The firefighters to be hired will fill positions created by recent promotions and retirements. At minimum, five firefighters will be hired.
The Lakeland Fire Department is proud to announce that its Training Captain, Matt Brown, is a contestant in the Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center's Mr. Central Florida Contest! The fundraising event helps support the work the Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center does for the hearing impaired in the City of Lakeland.
Hurricane Irma downed many trees and created a lot of yard waste. As residents clean up their properties and neighborhoods, it is important to know how to properly and safely dispose of all that garbage. Read here for more information about several options. Burning not being one of them, as it is strictly prohibited in City of Lakeland limits.