Fire

Our Mission Statement

It is our mission to protect the life and property of our customers – The citizens and visitors of the City of Groveland by providing public safety services, fire suppression, fire prevention and education, advanced life support emergency medical services and hazardous incident mitigation at the highest level of service in a courteous and ethical manner.

2017 Breast Cancer Campaign

November 20, 2017

The Groveland Professional Firefighters, Local 5142 would like to Thank everyone who came out this year and bought a shirt to support "The Fight Against Breast Cancer". With your generosity, we raised $2,280.00 dollars. Today, the Firefighters presented a check to Robin Maynard, founder of "Libby's Legacy". Here is a link to their site so you can check out the great work they are doing for the women of our communities. http://libbyslegacy.org/about-us/

THANK YOU again from all of your Groveland Firefighters!

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Fire Prevention Week is just around the corner!

October 8-14, 2017

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

  • FPW 2017 Escape Plan GridDraw a map of your home by using our grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
FPW 2017

2017 Hurricane Season 


May 30, 2017

Once again, hurricane season is upon us. It runs from June 1st through November 30th. Experts are predicting an average hurricane season. With that in mind, you still need to make sure you and your family are prepared in case one comes our way.

Follow this link for information on what actions you should take when a watch or warning is issued in your area. https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

Here are a couple of short videos from FEMA for more information.




2017 predictions

County wide burn ban! 


April 17, 2017

Due to the extremely dangerous dry weather conditions in Lake County, the County Board of Commissioners have issued a county wide burn ban, this includes all municipalities.

If you see something/someone burning anything, please call 911 and report it. We want to make sure that we help keep any wildfires from starting in our city. If you smoke cigarettes, please extinguish them properly. We have had a few fires along the side of some roadways, that most likely were the cause of someone throwing their cigarette out the window.

Please click here for more information.

Early Christmas Delivery 


December 24, 2016

Christmas came early for our firefighters this year. These gifts were not delivered in a sleigh by a jolly old man, but in a big white delivery truck! Burlington Mattress Co. gifted our department with new mattresses for each bed. 

On behalf of the Groveland Firefighters, THANK YOU Burlington!

Click here to read the article in The Daily Commercial.
Click here to see a short video interview.

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New SCBA In-service training


December 02, 2016

On August 26, 2016, FEMA awarded our department with an AFG Grant in the amount of $140,381.00 to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA’s). These are what firefighters use when fighting fires, search and rescue for victims in house fires, and any other dangerous environment that may require the use of an SCBA. They allow the firefighters to breath clean air while engaged in these dangerous activities. These new SCBA’s will be replacing our old SCBA’s, which are 16 years old. The new ones come with updated technology and safety features like “heads up display” and “voice amplifiers” built in to the new masks. These features, along with others, will help increase the safety of our firefighters when they are using them.

All department personnel were given “In-service” training over a three-day period from November 30 to December 2nd. On December 2nd following the last training, the new units were put in to service on all apparatuses.

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

Since 2002, FEMA has awarded $6.8 billion in fire grants to more than 62,300 recipients. Historically, 84 percent of awards go towards purchasing personal protective equipment, vehicles, and other operational equipment.

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It's Fire Prevention Week! 


October 9-15, 2016

This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every Ten Years!

Smoke alarms

  • Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.

  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.

  • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.

Replacing smoke alarms FAQs

Why do I need to replace my smoke alarms every 10 years?

It is required that smoke alarms be replaced within 10 years according to NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. They are not permitted to remain in use longer than 10 year from the date of manufacture. Also, the manufacturer’s instructions for most smoke alarms state they are to be replaced when they fail to respond or after 10 years. Combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms must be replaced when the end-of-life signal sounds or 10 years after the date of manufacture, whichever occurs first.

How do I identify my smoke alarm’s date of manufacture?

Remove the alarm from the ceiling or wall. Look at the back or side of the alarm for the date of manufacture.

How do I replace a battery-powered smoke alarm?

Remove the smoke alarm from the ceiling by twisting the alarm to remove it from the ceiling plate. It is best to replace the alarm with the same manufactured alarm. The new alarm from the same manufacturer can be placed on the ceiling or wall plate. Twist to secure the alarm. Test the alarm to be sure it is working.

If you are replacing with an alarm from a different manufacturer, you will need to remove the old ceiling plate and install the new ceiling plate included with the new alarm. Place the alarm over the ceiling plate and twist to secure the alarm. Test the alarm to be sure it is working.

How do I replace a hard-wired alarm?

If you know how to work with electrical wiring, follow manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure you have turned off the electricity to the smoke alarm before you begin replacing the alarm. Otherwise, contact a qualified electrician to replace hard-wired smoke alarms.

How do I install a hard-wired smoke alarm?

Contact a qualified electrician to install hard-wired smoke alarms.

 “Reproduced from NFPA’s website, www.nfpa.org/publiceducation. ©2016 NFPA.”


Pet Rescue

September 15, 2016

Engine 95 C-shift was dispatched to a “Public Assist” call. This type of call is normally to assist residents in a non-emergency type capacity, i.e. helping someone up who fell and can’t get back up on their own, to changing out smoke detector batteries. On this day, it was different. While en route, dispatched advised that the caller stated they were bathing their dog (Oreo) in the bathtub and his paw got stuck in the drain and they were unable to get it out. 

Units arrived on scene to assess the situation, and determine how to best extricate Oreo from the drain. It was determined that they would have to somehow cut the drain from around Oreo’s paw without causing any harm to him. About halfway through this process, Oreo started to exhibit discomfort in the procedure. The crew stopped to allow him time to calm down before trying again. After trying again, Oreo once again exhibited discomfort and it was determined that we could not continue with our efforts to free him without causing him pain.

The only way to get him out safely, was to have a veterinarian come and sedate him. One of our firefighters was able to contact a veterinarian who could come out and assist us. Dr. Lou Lucero - Sumter Mobile Veterinary Services - arrived and confirmed that we would need to sedate Oreo. Oreo was given some medication to sedate him. After he was sedated, E95 got back to work and had Oreo out in about ten minutes. Oreo was checked out by Dr. Lucero, and said he would be fine. The family was very thankful for all our efforts to get Oreo unstuck from the drain.

 

We train all the time on how to fight fires, vehicle accidents, and medical type calls, but this

call was one of those out of the norm. One could go their whole career as a firefighter and never get a call like this.

 

Click here for the article in the South Lake Press.

2016 Hurricane Season 


June 1, 2016

Once again, hurricane season is upon us. It runs from June 1st through November 30th. Experts are predicting an average hurricane season. With that in mind, you still need to make sure you and your family are prepared in case one comes our way.

Follow this link for information on what actions you should take when a watch or warning is issued in your area. https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

Here are a couple of short videos from FEMA for more information.





New Engine 95 Dedication Ceremony 


April 1, 2016

Groveland Fire Department recently invited the community to join them in dedicating the newest City of Groveland fire engine, with a special dedication ceremony at Fire Station 95 located in downtown Groveland. The ceremony will gave residents an opportunity to participate with the firefighters in preparing the new Fire Engine for service, by washing it down and pushing it into the station.

The dedication ceremony is a traditional event in the fire service known as a “Wash down”, that dates back to the era when fire pumpers were horse-driven and powered by hand. Following a fire, the horses would be separated from the pumper and both the horses and pumper would be washed by the firefighters. The pumper would then be pushed back into the station ready for the next call. The horses could not properly back into the station with the pumper attached, so the firefighters disconnected the horses and pushed the pumper back inside the station.

We will be recreating this event signifying placing our new apparatus into service. First, we will transfer the water from the old Engine 95 to the New Engine 95. This is the act of transferring the old to the new. It is important not to forget the past, the water from old Engine 95 was ready to protect the life and property of the citizens and visitors of the City of Groveland, and now we are moving it to the new Engine 95. Secondly. We will “wash down” and dry the new Engine 95. Then we will “push” it back into the station, ready to serve and protect the citizens and visitors of Groveland.

The new Engine 95 is a 2015 Rosenbauer Commander custom built for our department. This new engine will enhance our capabilities with a more efficient and technology advanced Engine for our firefighters. One of the new features on this new engine is the capability of “pump and roll”. Unlike on our other engines, when the engine was in the pump mode, pumping water, you could not move the engine without disengaging the pump and rolling up the hose. With our new engine, we have the capability of pumping and moving the engine if needed, without disengaging the pump, or rolling up the hose.

Old Engine 95 is a 2003 American La France Metropolitan Pumper. She was put into service on February 26, 2004 just a little over 12 years ago. During that time, she has traveled over 102,000 miles and responded to over 12,000 calls. Old Engine 95 has served us well, and will continue to do so as a reserve engine.    

The South Lake Tablet did a nice article on this, click here  to read it.

Firefighters recognized at a recent council meeting 

January 22, 2016

This past Tuesday night, FF Tylor Cofield was recognized for his achievement on becoming a Paramedic for our department.

Engine 94 B-shift crew, Lt. Michael Franklin, FF Scott Judd, and FF Curtis Garvin were also recognized for their actions going above and beyond the normal scope of duties on a call this past November.

Good job guys!

The South Lake Tablet did a nice article on this, click here to read it.

2016 Heroes With Heart Calendars are ready for order

August 5, 2015

This past fall, some of our firefighters took part in a photo shoot for a calendar. They posed with adoptable pets from the South Lake Animal League. The proceeds are for the Sunshine Fund, which is designed to help dogs and cats with special medical needs, such as skin diseases, puppies with parvo, pets with broken bones and even heart surgery.

Click here to read all about it in the South Lake Tablet.

Click here to find out how you can order your calendar today.

Lieutenant Promotions

June 12th, 2015

I would like to take a minute and introduce you to our three newly promoted Lieutenants.

Firefighter Michael Franklin has been with us since 2005. He started out as a volunteer in June of 2005 until he was hired full-time in August of 2006, as a Firefighter/EMT. Over the years, FF Franklin has been involved with our Fire Explorers, and in 2008 was given an award for his dedication and support to the Explorers as an adviser. FF Franklin continued his education and obtained his Fire Officer I certification in April of 2010. FF Franklin joined our Dive Team, and went through training and became a Rescue Diver in 2011, and he is still part of the team to this day.

Firefighter Walsh has been with us since 2011. He also started out as a volunteer FF/EMT in January of 2011. He was hired full-time in April of 2012. During his time as a volunteer, FF Walsh attended the Paramedic program at Valencia College, which he completed and passed. He then sat for the state exam and passed it as well in January of 2013.By late summer, FF Walsh successfully passed his provisional testing with our Medical Director, allowing him to operate as a medic for us. FF Walsh went on to his A.S. Degree in Emergency Medical Services from Valencia College in December of 2014. FF Walsh also obtained state certification for Fire Officer I in March of 2015. Prior to joining our department, FF Walsh graduated high school early, and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. Thanks for your service.    

Firefighter Quintus has been with us since February of 2009 as a FF/Medic. FF Quintus was hired to fill one of the six open paramedic positions we had when we transitioned from providing BLS (Basic Life Support) to ALS (Advanced Life Support) back in August of 2009. FF Quintus attended and completed the Broward Fire Academy in 2007. After that, he went to Broward Community College and attended and completed their Paramedic program in 2008. He did not stop there, in 2010 he got his A.S. Degree in Emergency Medical Services from BCC, and in 2014 he got his A.S. Degree in Fire Science from Valencia College. FF Quintus also has a Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. FF Quintus also holds State certifications for Fire Officer I & II, and Instructor III. He is in the process of preparing to take his Fire Inspector I certification this month. We wish him good luck, but I don’t think he will need it.

A special thank you to our guest speaker, Chief Joseph Silvestris from Clermont Fire Department, and their Honor Guard for presenting the colors.

We would like to also thank Council woman Dina Sweatt, Evelyn Wilson, and Groveland City Manager Redmond Jones, and all the family and friends for attending.

Photos by Bill Szemcsak



Hurricane season is upon us, are you prepared?

June 1st, 2015

Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30. Experts are predicting just 7 named storms, 3 hurricanes and 1 major hurricane at category 3 strength or higher.

Click here to find out how you can get prepared.


Groveland Fire to promote three Firefighters to the rank of Lieutenant

May 25, 2015

The ceremony is open for all to attend. Please come out and show your support.  See the flyer for more information.

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Firefighters participate in Mock DUI at South Lake High School

April 9th, 2015

The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team hosted an educational event for South Lake High School juniors and seniors in preparation for their upcoming prom. The educational event is designed to demonstrate a realistic vehicle crash involving alcohol.

Two cars were positioned in front of the bleachers to simulate a head-on collision. This demonstration is to provide a realistic look at the seriousness and horrifying results of drinking and driving. In one vehicle, you had the drunk driver and his date. The other vehicle had two girls returning home from the prom. The drama class provided the actors portraying the students.

The cars were covered with a tarp until all students were in the bleachers. A prerecorded recording was played of a vehicle crash over the PA system. The tarp was removed to reveal the accident. Another recording was played of the 911 call reporting the accident.

Within minutes, the Police arrive, followed by the Fire Department, then EMS. The drunk driver is arrested and taken away while the other occupants are being assessed by the Fire crews. The drunk drivers date did not make it, and the other two girls are severely injured. One is transported by ground, and the other by air (helicopter). The girl who did not survive was removed from the vehicle, placed in a body bag, loaded into the hearse and driven away from the scene. The mother of the deceased girl was notified by Police of her daughters passing.

We hope that this will hit home with these students, not only just for their prom this weekend, but for the future as well.

Multiple agencies participated in this event, including Lake County Fire Rescue, Lake County Sheriffs Office, Lake Emergency Medical Services, Air Care II, FHP, FDOT, Office of the State Attorney - Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida, and Brewer & Sons Funeral Home.

Firefighters tame an alligator 

March 2nd, 2015

There comes a time when we may need to go above and beyond our regular firefighting duties, on Monday, that happened. A nice lady passing by Station 94 stopped and alerted the firefighters that an alligator was crossing the road and heading into the backyard of the homes across the street from the station.

Knowing that children are always out playing in these backyards, they notified the Groveland Police Department who normally handles alligator calls since the police have training on how to handle these situations. Unfortunately, they were told all units were on calls and would respond when one became available.

With that information in hand, FF Walsh, FF Franklin, and FF Leist jumped into action. After several attempts, they were able to subdue the gator and secure it from biting any of them. The gator was then transported down to the lake and released unharmed.

Good job guys! 

Groveland Firefighters Recent Training

This past November through December, the Groveland Firefighters participated in numerous training scenarios. This training was setup after the signing of the local ISBA agreement.

They started off with training on Firefighter Survival Tactics. This training is designed to help the firefighters learn how to use different tactics to help themselves in case they are in trapped or need to get out of a building quickly. During this training they crawled through a 2 foot wide by 3 foot tall by 8 foot long wooden box tunnel. It had wires going from side-to-side and up and down to simulate entanglement hazards. When they reached the opposite end from where they started, they had to breach through a piece of drywall to get out. This scenario was teaching them how to stay calm and figure a way out of a room that had a ceiling collapse.

The second tactic in this training was how to safely bail out a second floor window. For this scenario, they were taught how to climb out the window and use the ladder to slide down to the ground. There are different ways to do it. One can slide down head first to the ground, or slide about half-way and spin around to land feet first. Either way will work when you have to get out quickly.

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The weeks that followed the above training were filled with multi-agency training at a building donated by local business owner Donnie Hunt, from Hunt Industrial Park. The building was going to be demolished so they could expand and add more warehouse units. There was nothing off-limits on what we could do to the building.

A training curriculum was set for the training scenarios, dates were set, and info was passed on to the other agencies training department. What followed was 5 weeks of intense and grueling training. A big thanks goes out to LCFR training division for all of their assistance with putting together the curriculum and instructors.
Station 94 to start providing Advanced Life Support

On Monday January 5th 2015, around 11:30 am, Engine 94 stationed in the Cherry Lake area, transitioned from providing Basic Life Support (BLS) to Advanced Life Support (ALS). This has been a goal of the Fire Department since Engine 95, stationed near the downtown area, went ALS back in August of 2009.

It was our goal to go ALS at Station 94 within 1-2 years after Engine 95 as the housing developments added homes. Unfortunately, the economic downturn that hit our country for the next few years that followed, slowed the growth of our city, thus putting a hold on us achieving this goal.

Recently, with the upturn in the economy and the continued growth of our city the last couple of years, it was now time to start the transitioning process again. Within the last year, we were able to fill a few vacant Firefighter/EMT positions with Firefighter/Paramedics. Doing this, allowed us to staff enough Paramedics to achieve our goal.

This is just another milestone in the growth of our department as our city continues to grow, and now allows us to provide all of our citizens, and visitors to Groveland the same level of enhanced and life-saving medical care.

We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for our city and department as we continue to grow.

Q: What's the difference between ALS (Advanced Life Support) and BLS (Basic Life Support)?

Basic Life Support (BLS)

  • Firefighter certified at Emergency Medical Technician level of training (250 hours of training)
  • Typically performs external procedures on patients
  • Cannot establish IV's, administer drugs and medications, (with the exception of very limited specific items)
  • Primarily serves in a support role to the Paramedic

 

 Advanced Life Support (ALS)

  • Firefighter certified at Paramedic level of training (1100 hours of training) which includes pediatric advanced life support, advanced cardiac life support, pre hospital trauma life support and neo-natal life support
  • Specially trained in advanced medical and trauma procedures, such as tracheal intubations, chest decompression, and surgical cricothyrotomy
  • Allowed to establish IV's and administer specialized medications
  • Specially trained in 12-lead ECG interpretations

FF/EMT Stott applying the ALS sticker to Engine 94

FF/EMT Stott applying the ALS sticker to Engine 94
A New Beginning

GROVELAND— The Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Lake County Public Safety Department, city of Groveland officials and members of the Groveland Fire Department ceremoniously signed an automatic aid agreement to combine emergency resources on Feb. 24 at Groveland’s Fire Station 94 on Cherry Valley Trail. The goal of the agreement is to speed up emergency response times for residents living in unincorporated Lake County and within the city.

“Groveland being the first city to sign on sends a signal to other municipalities in this county,” said Lake County Chairman Jimmy Conner. “It shows a lot of leadership to be first.”

The agreement states that the closest emergency unit, whether Lake County Fire or Groveland Fire, will respond to emergency incidents within the Inter-local Service Boundary Agreement, or ISBA area. The county and city will share a centralized dispatch and the costs of responding to emergencies in the Groveland area. The county has also recently installed Automatic Vehicle Location or AVL systems, which are similar to GPS monitoring systems that dispatch the closest unit to any emergency, regardless if it occurs in the county or city.  

“This particular arrangement allows the city of Groveland and Lake County to work in cooperation by sharing taxpayer resources in regard to fire and medical services,” said Groveland Mayor Tim Loucks.

The agreement with Groveland goes into effect March 1, 2014

ISBA Signing Ceremony

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Additional Information
If you have any questions or comments, please email Chief Willie Morgan or call 352-429-1209.