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Orange County Fire Rescue Chief Otto Drozd, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and a female graduate from the Fire Rescue academy are standing next to each other posing for a photo.

Orange County Fire Rescue Graduates Most Female Firefighters on Record

The Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) swore in Class 84 on Jan. 11, 2019, the third and final class in a series of three which included the highest number of women firefighters on record. The final graduation was part of an unprecedented 2018 recruitment and training effort that ultimately produced more than 120 new […]

A man kneeling and embracing a large dog while smiling. The two of them are outside in one of Orange County Animal Services' play areas.

Orange County Animal Services Announces 2018 Milestones

Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) released their 2018 statistics, highlighting another record year for adoptions, administration services, social media outreach and more. Shelter accomplishments...

In the foreground there is a sign advertising the polar plunge event, while in the background there are two people on rubber donuts floating in the water.

Polar Plunge Participants Grin and Bear Chilly Waters of Rock Springs

As the song goes: “The orange and palm trees sway … there’s never been such a day, in …,” well, Orange County, F-L-A! Orange...

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Top Newsroom Stories of 2018

In 2018, Orange County experienced historic milestones, accomplishments and successes that will benefit local residents for years to come. Government services continued to be...

Community & Services

Orange County Fire Rescue Graduates Most Female Firefighters on Record

The Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) swore in Class 84 on Jan. 11, 2019, the third and final class in a series of three which included the highest number of women firefighters on record. The final graduation was part of an unprecedented 2018 recruitment and training effort that ultimately produced more than 120 new […]

Orange County Animal Services Announces 2018 Milestones

Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) released their 2018 statistics, highlighting another record year for adoptions, administration services, social media outreach and more. Shelter accomplishments for 2018 include: OCAS facilitated 8,421 pet adoptions; 4,108 dogs and 4,313 cats. That number is up from 2017, which stood at 8,412. Live-release rates increased to 78 percent, up from […]

In the foreground there is a sign advertising the polar plunge event, while in the background there are two people on rubber donuts floating in the water.

Polar Plunge Participants Grin and Bear Chilly Waters of Rock Springs

As the song goes: “The orange and palm trees sway … there’s never been such a day, in …,” well, Orange County, F-L-A! Orange County Parks and Recreation hosted the inaugural Black Bear Polar Plunge on Jan. 1, 2019 in Kelly Park’s Rock Springs in Apopka. While Parks and Recreation staff hoped for a frosty, […]

Public Health & Safety

Firefighter rappels outside of children's hospital.

Orange County Fire Rescue Deploys Rappelling Elves to Florida Hospital for Children

What better way to embrace the meaning of the holiday season than by having Orange County firefighters, posed as elves, rappel down the external wall of Florida Hospital for Children to deliver Santa Claus and his reindeer for a Winter Wonderland celebration. Operation Elf Rappel did just that, to the joy of the facility’s young […]

Mayor Jacobs, Chief Drozd, and some first responders stand for a picture at a fire station
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Mayor Teresa Jacobs Announces Orange County Fire Rescue’s Project Leave Behind to Help Prevent Deadly Opioid Overdoses

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd III and Orange County Medical Director Dr. Christian Zuver with first responders to announce Project Leave Behind on Oct. 10, 2018. The new program supplies Orange County firefighters with Naloxone nasal spray kits for distribution to the families and loved ones of individuals […]

Orange County Supports Community of Breast Cancer Survivors and Patients

Central Florida leaders recently joined the 2018 Downtown Hope Hike event hosted by the Orlando Health UF Cancer Center. Each year, hundreds of pink-clad patients, survivors and family members gather as a reminder of the importance of early breast cancer detection and treatment to support those who have been diagnosed or are currently undergoing treatment. […]

Business

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Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings Inducted to Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

The Central Florida business community gathered at the 14th How to Do Business with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) meeting held at the...

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More Than 800 Residents Attend Annual Orange County Recycles Day

From Girl Scout troops to families, Orange County Recycles Day is a must-attend event when the County celebrates the annual day set aside to...

Mayor Jacobs and community leaders standing for a photo

Purpose Built Communities Conference Recognizes Revitalization in Orange County

The 9th Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando on International Drive, hosted more than 300 attendees from across the...