Public Health & Safety

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. Wheat was selected to receive the award as a result of numerous peer nominations on behalf of his continued dedication and service. His commitment is credited with positively impacting the health, safety and well-being of firefighters throughout the state, ultimately helping to save their lives.

“Firefighter Jason Wheat is an extraordinary example for us all and we are so proud of his accomplishments as the Florida Firefighter of the Year,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “Our firefighters share a strong bond of bravery, duty and humility and are genuine heroes and true public servants. We thank Firefighter Wheat for his dedication to our community, as well as the health and safety of his brothers and sisters in the fire service.”

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...

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...

Firefighter rappels outside of children's hospital.

Orange County Fire Rescue Deploys Rappelling Elves to Florida Hospital for Children

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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

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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...