Community & Services

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...

Firefighters standing side by side in front of a fire truck as they listen to a speaker who is not pictured.

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...

Jesse and Maurice allen holding a trophy belt

Long Shot from Pine Hills Becomes Long Drive Champion

Imagine driving a golf ball the length of four football fields. For most human beings, this is merely a Sunday daydream, but for Pine...

Mayor Demings with parents

Holiday Heroes Toy Drive Continues to Spread Joy and Holiday Cheer Across Orange County

Orange County’s Holiday Heroes Toy Drive has grown into a highly anticipated event for its employees, volunteers and the extended community in Central Florida....

Two women hugging

Award-Winning Counseling Program Positively Impacts Children and Families in Orange County

In 2015, when Orange County was chosen by the Department of Juvenile Justice as a pilot site for the SNAP (STOP NOW AND PLAN)...

Three members of the Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts Receive Highest Rank by Giving Back to Community through Orange County’s Green PLACE Program

When Roan Waterbury’s two sons approached him about ideas to conduct an Eagle Scout Project in Orange County, a lightbulb went off. As a...

2018 Oath of Office

2018 Oath of Office Ceremony Draws Hundreds to Orange County Convention Center

Hundreds of Central Floridians attended the historic Oath of Office ceremony for Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, who was sworn in by Chief...

Firefighter Steve O leaning on a fire truck inside the station

Orange County Firefighter Beats the Odds and Finds Passion and Purpose

For SteveO Michel, a 26-year-old Orange County Fire and Rescue firefighter and emergency medical technician who grew up in the troubled Tymber Skan community...