Public Health & Safety

Amateur radio operators Michel Cauley and John Knott int he EOC

Hamming it Up: Amateur Radio Operators Provide Vital Service to Orange County Residents

During a natural or man-made disaster, successful communication is critical to the safety of everyone. Fortunately, Orange County Government’s Emergency Management ensures all residents are kept informed. A critical part of these efforts are amateur radio, also known as ham radio, whose operators can still communicate if power goes down.

Orange County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (OCARES) is a volunteer group that offers emergency communications for Orange County and provides communications for public service events such as walkathons, bike tours and charitable functions. Members can be found staffing an evacuation shelter one weekend and coordinating communications for a parade the next.

Orange County Master Corrections Officer Geovanie Hernandez has been selected as the 2020 Corrections Officer of the Year

Orange County Master Corrections Officer Honored as the Florida Sheriffs Association 2020 Corrections Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that Orange County Master Corrections Officer Geovanie Hernandez has been selected as the 2020 Corrections...

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,...

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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 pedestrian...

A boy smiling while wearing a firefighter's helmet. His family stands in the background.

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, 2019,...

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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?
Devices mounted near...

Construction site with garbage piled inside of a large waste bin

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...

Two officers holding two K-9 dogs on a leash as they are sworn in

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 Renaissance...

Technician holding a scanning device as she scans a female firefighter

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,...