Our Mission Statement
It is our mission to protect the quality of life and property of our customers – the citizens and visitors of the City of Groveland by providing the highest level of service in a courteous and ethical manner through valuing our members, promoting positive leadership, and commitment to excellence.
Safety tips for the Holidays
December 3, 2018
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more than likely to be serious. Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer. You can visit National Fire Protection Association website.
Picking the tree
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree
- Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
Please stay safe and have a Happy Holidays!
November 19, 2018
Your Groveland Firefighters would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and remind everyone to be safe while cooking. Some of you may be deep frying Turkeys this year. If you are, please make sure to read all instructions and safety precautions that came with your fryer.
Per the National Fire Protection Association, nearly four times as many home cooking fires reportedly happen on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.
Here are 5-Safety Tips:
- Prepare a safe place.
- First and foremost, scout out a safe area at least ten (10) feet away from your home. Keep the fryer out of garages, decks, fences, as well as a safe distance away from trees. Keep all pets and children away from the area once you begin to cook. It would be wise to have a working fire extinguisher on hand just in case.
- Be careful around the oil.
- Once the oil gets hat, it's easy for things to get messy. Don safety glasses, oven mitts and an apron to handle the fryer well before the oil starts to bubble. Make sure your fryer is on a flat, level space to carefully gauge the amount of oil needed. Do not use too much oil, if it spills on the burner, it could ignite.
- Get the temperature just right.
- When cooking Turkey parts, the temperature should be at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow the cooking instructions for the size of turkey you have.
- Monitor the Turkey.
- Using some type of temperature controls to monitor the oil temperature is a must. Slowly raise and lower the turkey into the fryer to minimize spills, and give your full attention to this process. Never leave the turkey unattended.
- Clean up cautiously.
- Be sure to remove the turkey from the fryer slowly, turn off the heat and clean up only after the oil has cooled back down to its normal temperature.
Check out a video of what could go wrong.
Fire Prevention Week is here!
October 7 through 13, 2018
"Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere!" That's the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2018. These three basic but essential steps people can take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire--and how to escape safely in the event of one.
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
For fun activities for kids to learn about fire safety with Sparky, go to the National Fire Protection Association website!
A little lift
August 18, 2018
Station 94 C-shift, with Lieutenant Dib, FF/EMT Ibanez and FF/Medic Stott, where dispatched to a medical call for a fall. Upon arriving on scene, the crews were directed to the backyard where the patient was located. The crews found an elderly male lying on the ground at the bottom of the hill in his backyard. The man had fallen of his lawn tractor and rolled down the hill and could not get back up.
Now came the challenge of how to get the patient back up the hill. Do we use a stair chair, put him on the stretcher and everyone pull? You could, but why when we got firefighters like FF Stott.
Good job guys!
August 17, 2018
Station 95 received a call from a local resident 3 p.m. The lady on the phone said here puppy got out and ran out into the swamp behind their home and got stuck. They were unable to see or get to her, but could hear her splashing around.
Engine 95 B-shift crew, (Lieutenant Quintus, FF/Medic J. Ridge and FF/Medic Garvin) along with Captain Smith went en-route to the area to investigate. Crews meet up with the caller who showed us where the dog went into the swamp and about where they thought she was. Crews made access to the edge of the swamp where the owner was calling for her dog to come, but had no luck. Without hesitation, FF J. Ridge started wadding his way out in the swamp to try and locate the dog. After wadding out about 20 yards in swampy water up to his chest, with no luck finding the dog, Captain Smith went to get a drone so we could fly above and locate the dog and come up with a plan on how to get her.
While waiting for the Drone to arrive, FF J. Ridge made a call to off duty FF M. Ridge, who lives close by and has a kayak, was asked if he could bring it over to assist if needed. FF M. Ridge and FF T. Cofield -both off duty- arrived with the kayak. Captain Smith arrived back with the drone and made contact with the crew, who advised that FF J. Ridge was about five feet away from the dog at that time.
The kayak was tied to the safety line attached to FF J. Ridge, and FF M. Ridge made his way out to FF J. Ridge with the kayak. FF J. Ridge was able to get the dog and put her on the kayak while FF M. Ridge held on to her. E95 crew, Lieutenant Quintus and FF Garvin, along with off duty FF Cofield pulled all three back to dry ground where the puppy was reunited with her happy owners.
Once again, GOOD JOB guys!
Smoke Alarm Detectors
August 16, 2018
Did you know, three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
Here are a few tips...
- Choose interconnected smoke alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound.
- Put smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Put alarms on every level of the home.
- Make sure your smoke alarms work. Your family is not safe if they can’t hear the smoke alarms.
- Test smoke alarms every month and replace 9-volt smoke alarm batteries at least once every year.
- Smoke alarms do not last forever. Get new smoke alarms every 10 years.
- When you hear a smoke alarm, you may have less than 2 minutes to get everyone outside and safe.
Your firefighters are more than happy to assist you with replacing your smoke alarm batteries*. You will know that it is time to replace them when you hear a beep about every 30-60 seconds. As we all know, this usually happens about 2 o'clock in the morning.
If you need any assistance with replacing your batteries, you can call either one of our fire stations during normal business hours (8 am to 5 pm) to schedule it with them. If you live in the Southern part of the city, please call Station 95 at 352-429-1209, and if you live in the Northern part of the city, please call Station 94 at 352-242-4908.
*Please make sure to have a new battery for EACH smoke alarm prior to our arrival.
Red Sharps Container Program
August 1st, 2018
We receive numerous calls in reference to where one can dispose of their sharps containers. Disposing of bio-hazardous waste must be disposed of according to federal, state and local regulations.
Below is a flyer with information on what can be disposed of and locations on where you can dispose them.
E94 Dedication Ceremony
May 19, 2018
We would like to thank all of those that came out today and took part in our dedication ceremony. We are very excited to have this new engine in our fleet to help us protect our citizens and visitors of our city!
Below are a few pics from today. In the first pic, Captain Smith is giving everyone a explanation of why we, the fire service, do this traditional ceremony. In the second and third pictures, Lieutenant Lyon, Captain Walsh, Firefighters Tylor Cofield, Jeff McMahon, and Patti Ibanez are transferring water from the old engine to the new one. The fourth pic Mayor Dina Sweat is wiping down the new engine with a few of the neighborhood kid's that came out with their mother. The last pic is of the "push-back" in to the station.
Hurricane Preparedness Week May 6 through May 12, 2018
May 7, 2018
As the 2018 Hurricane season fast approaches us (June 1st through November 30th), now is the time to start preparing to make sure you and your family are prepared. As we all know, we can be affected here in our city, just as Irma proved last year. A lot of people were caught off guard even though they were advised to prepare for it. The National Weather Service puts out information every year on how to help you get started preparing in case we may be affected by a hurricane this season.
You can visit National Weather Service website.
You can also find good information on FEMA's website.
Please help us help you by getting prepared and heeding all the warnings!
Below are the Tip's for each day. Also this seasons storm predictions.
Fire Safety Fun
April 19, 2018
Girl Scout Troop 9797 passed by Station 94 to learn about Fire Safety. The girls watched a 15 minute video on fire safety and then asked questions they had about topics in the video.
94 B-shift crew, Lieutenant Franklin, FF Stott and FF Elder then gave the girls a tour of the station and then the Fire Engine. The FFs went over all the equipment that is carried on the engine and explained what it was used for. They got to sit inside it, put the headsets on and listen and talk to each other as if they were going on a call.
They also showed them what we would look and sound like with all of our gear on. This could be a very frightening sight to kids if they are ever in a house fire and we have to come in and search for them. Seeing a big figure looking and sounding like Darth Vader coming out through the smoke would scare anyone, so we show them that it is ok and not to be scared.
The girls, and their parents had a great time and thanked the guys for all they do for everybody.
If you have a group -Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or whatever- that would like to come by and do the same, please email Captain Smith to schedule.
New Engine 94 Dedication Ceremony
April 18, 2018
Groveland Fire Department cordially invites the community to join them in dedicating the newest City of Groveland fire engine, Engine 94 with a special dedication ceremony at Fire Station 94 located at 193 Cherry Valley Trail, off of Wilson Lake Parkway in Groveland. The ceremony will give 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.
This past week, the firefighters received in-service training from the manufacture on their new engine, and it was put in service on Friday April 13th. You may see the firefighters out training and learning their new engine to protect those that they serve in our city.
Below, Chuck Chapman from Lake EMS applying the "ALS" sticker to the engine. This sticker is issued from the state allowing us to provide "Advance Life Support". This means we can administer the same level of care as the Ambulance, like starting IV's, administering narcotics, and other advanced life saving technics, except we can not transport the patient to the hospital.
January 18, 2018
On January 11th, 2018, Firefighter/ S Erick Stott was given one of the last test outs for him to be able to function as a Paramedic for our department under our Medical Director. This test consisted of the crew being dispatched to a medical call somewhere in the city. The crew would not know it was not a real call until they arrived at the patient. This is done to make it as realistic as possible. LEMS brought down their testing manikin Apollo, which is a highly sophisticated training simulator controlled by a tablet and can be programmed to simulate numerous ailments. As treatment is given, the proctor can adjust the symptoms of Apollo to reflect the treatment given, either right or wrong.
Even though there is only one person being tested, he could not have done it all by himself without the assistance from his other crew members doing their part. In the pictures below, you will see one doing CPR and the other giving ventilation's. Our crews train on all types of scenarios to keep their skills top notch, so when they are called to assist any of our citizens or visitors of our city, they will be getting the best care possible.
Firefighter Stott passed this test and is now functioning as a Paramedic for our department. Good Job Erick!
We would like to give a big THANKS to Donnie Hunt, from Hunt Industrial Park for allowing us to use one of his offices for this testing.
2017 Recognition Ceremony
January 8, 2018
On January 5th, 2018, the Groveland Fire Department held its first annual Recognition Ceremony at the Women's Center at Lake David Park. It was a night filled with recognizing our great firefighters, for their accomplishments and promotions to their great service to our department and the community that we serve.
We are very proud of our firefighters for all that they do for our department and the community that we serve!
Years of service - Captain Walsh and FF/Medic Tylor Cofield hitting 5-years.
Accomplishments - FF Scott Judd completing Paramedic provisional.
Promotions - Lieutenant Josh Walsh to EMS Captain
Above and Beyond - Lieutenant Quintus, FF/Medic Tylor Cofield and FF/EMT Carl Elder were dispatched to a call a boater that had fallen out of his boat in Lake David. Upon arriving on scene, they heard the person screaming for help. Without hesitation, FF Cofield and Elder donned life vest and dove in the water and swam out to assist the boater and bring him back to shore. The boater was uninjured and thanked the crews for saving his life. The boater had a life vest on and said he was out of energy trying to get back in the boat. Always wear a life vest when boating, you never know what could happen.
Life Saving Award - This award is earned where evidence indicates that the actions by an individual (or crew) prolonged a human life to the extent that the victim was admitted to a medical facility. Our (your) Firefighters/Paramedics/EMTs continuously train to provide the highest level of care to our citizens. Below are the recipients for this year.
FF/Medic Jeff McMahon and FF/Medic Scott Judd - Not pictured is Lieutenant Michael Franklin
FF/Medic Billy Patrick - Not pictured Lieutenant Patrick Pastular and FF/EMT Richie Kirkland
Lieutenant Jamil Dib and FF/Medic Curtis Garvin - Not pictured Lieutenant Michael Franklin
FF/Medic Billy Patrick and FF/Medic Scott Judd - Not pictured Lieutenant Patrick Pastular
The next awards are given out to those that have shown outstanding dedication and service to our department and the community that we serve.
Firefighter EMT of The Year - FF/EMT Carl Elder
Firefighter Paramedic of The Year - FF/Medic Billy Patrick
Firefighter of The Year - FF/Medic Erick Stott
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". Go to the Libby's Legacy website so you can check out the great work they are doing for the women of our communities.
THANK YOU again from all of your Groveland Firefighters!
Fire Prevention Week is just around the corner!
October 8 to October 14, 2017
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:
- Draw 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.
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.
Find information on what actions you should take when a watch or warning is issued in your area.
Here are a couple of short videos from FEMA for more information.
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.
View more information (PDF).
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!
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 non-affiliated 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.
It's Fire Prevention Week! October 9 through October 15, 2016
This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every Ten Years!
- 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. ©2016 NFPA."
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.
View an 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.
For information on what actions you should take when a watch or warning is issued in your area, got to Ready.gov website.
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 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 wrote a nice article on this.
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, Lieutenant 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 wrote a nice article on this.
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.
Find out how you can order your calendar today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to 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.
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
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 February 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.