Public Health & Safety

Mayor Demings speaking from a podium at the Project Opioid event while the crowd listens attentively.

Orange County to Lead Central Florida Initiative Combating Opioid Epidemic and Drug Abuse

Project Opioid, the Central Florida initiative to combat drug abuse and addiction, launched on Jan. 30, 2019 and will be co-chaired by Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

The bold new community consortium plans to take a different approach to solving the crisis affecting communities across Florida and the nation. Central Florida continues to grapple with the rising tide of addiction and deaths related to the opioid crisis. There were 304 opioid-related deaths in the region during 2016 and heroin-related deaths have risen an astounding 500 percent in the past four years.

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...

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
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...

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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...

Photograph of a lake dock

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...