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

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...

Mayor Jacobs and other leaders wearing pink shirts, holding a dog in front of a pink bus

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...

Tap water delivers

Tap Water – An Essential Part of a Hurricane Preparedness Plan

In the days leading up to 2017’s Hurricane Irma, many Orange County residents heeded the advice of emergency officials to Be Aware, Prepare. Grocery...

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Orange County Advises Residents to Practice Lake Safety During High Water Levels

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution on Sept. 18, 2018 urging operators of all watercraft vessels to slow down in...

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Orange County Advises Residents to Practice Lake Safety during Hurricane Season

With the hurricane season officially underway, it is important residents have the information they need before, during and after any severe tropical system that...

Emergency kit supplies

The Importance of Emergency Preparedness Kits During Storm Season

As Orange County prepares residents and visitors for hurricane season, it is important to make sure emergency kits are stocked with the necessary items...

Mental Health Clinicians Participate in Mock Fire Rescue Event to Aid First Responders

Mental Health Clinicians Participate in Mock Fire Rescue Event to Aid First Responders

Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) recently partnered with the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative to host the Clinician Awareness Program. This statewide...

Firefighter's blue helmet that reads "343 Hero Challenge"

Boston Strong Survivor Named Honor Athlete in Orange County Fire Rescue 343 Hero Challenge

As a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Lee Ann Yanni is not just strong, she is Boston Strong. In recognition of her...

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Central Florida Fire Rescue Personnel Boldly Fight Pediatric Cancer at Johnny’s BIG Shave

For the ninth year, Orange County Fire Rescue (OCFR) engineer Steve Kibler embarked on his annual tradition of shaving his head under the watchful...