Public Health & Safety

Mayor Demings and other commission members at the dais

Domestic Violence Commission Reconvened by Mayor Demings

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings recently reconvened the Orange County Domestic Violence Commission. The first meeting was held on Monday, October 21, 2019, during which the 21-member Commission discussed its broad vision, goals and objectives. The members will serve in an advisory capacity to assess gaps in services, identify significant issues and recommend solutions that will ultimately help the community reduce domestic violence incidents. From 2017 to 2018, Orange County saw a 10 percent increase in domestic violence arrests.

For the first time in the history of the Commission, Mayor Demings appointed several domestic violence survivors to serve as members. He also appointed the Honorable Alice Blackwell, Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge, and Dick Batchelor to serve as co-chairs. Members provided their suggestions regarding issues they would like to focus on in future meetings in order to improve services to survivors and families impacted by domestic violence.

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Eye in the Sky: Parks and Recreation Division Introduces Surveillance Cameras on Local Trails

As a proactive public safety measure for the community, Orange County Parks and Recreation Division has installed four new surveillance cameras on multi-use...

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Orange County Fire Rescue Celebrates Graduation of 87th Recruit Class and Promotion Ceremony

Orange County Fire Rescue recently added 28 new firefighter recruits to its ranks. A formal graduation and badge-pinning ceremony was held September 20,...

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Car Cameras Put the Brakes on Careless Driving, Proving Taxpayer Benefit

Orange County has invested in DriveCams, and the payoff has been beneficial to both taxpayers and helping improve safety.

What are DriveCams?
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Storm Preparation Tip: Secure Construction Job Sites

It is always important that you make a plan and prepare your home and family for the potential arrival of a tropical system or hurricane. It...

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Orange County Corrections Department Officially Swears in K-9 Officers

The Orange County Corrections Department’s K-9 Officers were asked to raise their paws to be officially sworn in at a ceremony at the...

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Female Firefighters Team up with Researchers for a Lifesaving Fit

Personal protective gear, also known as bunker gear, is what firefighters wear when entering a fire scene or other potentially dangerous situation. While fit...

A large audience of dozens of people sit row by row at narrow, rectangular tables. In front of them is a stage with two large projection screens. The attendees are paying attention to the speaker at the podium.

Emergency Managers Gather in Orange County for the 2019 National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference

Nationwide emergency management professionals gathered for the 2019 National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on International Drive. The four-day conference,...

Inside of a Fire Station, firefighter Jason Wheat smiles while holding his Firefighter of the Year Award. Fire Chief Otto Drodz and other leaders smile as Jason walks towards the podium.

Orange County Fire Rescue Department Firefighter Named 2018 Florida Firefighter of the Year

The Florida State Firefighters Association (FSFA) presented Orange County Fire Rescue Department’s (OCFRD) Firefighter Jason Wheat with the annual Firefighter of the Year Award....

Five individuals pose for a photo in front of an ambulance. It includes the four good Samaritans who saved the deputy’s life.

Good Samaritans Honored by Orange County for Saving a Local Sergeant’s Life

Four local good Samaritans were recognized today for saving the life of Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Jamie Hoffman from a fiery crash last...