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Faulty Smoke Alarms “Spark” Fire Safety Program in Orange County

The National Fire Protection Association reports almost three out of five home fire deaths happened in residences with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. This troubling statistic “sparked” Orange County Fire Rescue (OCFR) to take action.
In 2016, OCFR began an initiative that provides County residents with free home safety visits to review the inspection of smoke alarms, windows, possible tripping hazards, as well as discussing home escape plans, meeting places and cooking safety.

As part of this safety initiative, the department conducts weekly “smoke alarm blitzes” – a one-day outreach where firefighters install multiple smoke alarms in 20 to 30 homes – focusing on older housing stock in Orange County.

A Neighborhood You Should Know: Built Taft Tough … You Can’t Keep a Good Neighborhood Down.

A Neighborhood You Should Know: Built Taft Tough … You Can’t Keep a Good Neighborhood Down.

Approximately eight miles south of Orlando lies the community of Taft, which has a long and storied history of both success and resilience to...

Pickleball is a Big “Dill” at Orange County Parks and Recreation Centers

Pickleball is a Big “Dill” at Orange County Parks and Recreation Centers

If you ask people if they have “picked up the paddle” lately, odds are they will think you are referring to ping pong or...

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A Day of Service, Kindness and Community

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) once said, “Everybody can be great, because anyone can serve.” Sharing this leading principle of Dr. King, members...

Community & Services

Orange County Conducts Public Forums as Part of Customer-First Development Services Initiative

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings made his mandate clear at the 2019 Regional Economic Summit when he said, “We want Orange County to be known not only as the premier place to do...

A Neighborhood You Should Know: Built Taft Tough … You Can’t Keep a Good Neighborhood Down.

Approximately eight miles south of Orlando lies the community of Taft, which has a long and storied history of both success and resilience to misfortune. Taft has overcome droughts, floods and The Great Depression...

Pickleball is a Big “Dill” at Orange County Parks and Recreation Centers

If you ask people if they have “picked up the paddle” lately, odds are they will think you are referring to ping pong or cricket. However, across the United States, and in Orange County, pickleball is becoming one of the fastest growing sports. According to the USA Pickleball Association, an estimated 3.1 million people...

Public Health & Safety

Faulty Smoke Alarms “Spark” Fire Safety Program in Orange County

Faulty Smoke Alarms “Spark” Fire Safety Program in Orange County

The National Fire Protection Association reports almost three out of five home fire deaths happened in residences with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. This troubling statistic “sparked” Orange County Fire Rescue (OCFR)...

Orange County’s Fire Fleet Keeps the Big Rigs Rolling

What has nine bays, 10 technicians, a $9.3 million budget and is responsible for keeping 388 vehicles of all shapes and sizes up and running? If you answered Orange County Fire Rescue Department’s Fleet Services (OCFR), you’re correct. However, there’s much more to keeping the fleet tuned-up than meets the eye.

“The role of the...

Forum on Vaping Highlights Health Risks for Adolescents

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings welcomed doctors from Nemours Children’s Health System during a community forum and panel discussion on vaping, which was held on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Board of County Commissioners’ Chambers.  The event was held to answer questions regarding the health risks, symptoms, and what parents and teens need to...

Business

Top Takeaways: The 2020 State of I-Drive is Dynamic

Top Takeaways: The 2020 State of I-Drive is Dynamic

There is a strong appeal to International Drive, whether it is the impressive economic and tourism impact, its educational opportunities, or its diversity in...

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Alexa Users Can Now “Ask Orange County”

Orange County Government in Florida now offers “Ask Orange County Government” app/skill through Amazon’s Alexa –– a virtual assistant capable of voice interaction. The...

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Orange County’s Pollution Prevention Champion Spotlight: Hilton Orlando

Orange County Environmental Protection Division is pleased to recognize a local Pollution Prevention (P2) champion.

Hilton Orlando, in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, is home...