OFD HISTORY

2000 - PRESENT

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2013

2015

OFD ACQUIRES FIRE MUSEUM AT LOCH HAVEN PARK

 

ANTI-TERRORISM TASK FORCE ACTIVATED

 

URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE UNIT PLACED INTO SERVICE

USAR 1 later became Heavy Rescue 1.

CHARLIE WALKER APPOINTED 15TH FIRE CHIEF

EMS BIKE TEAM PUT IN SERVICE

TRAINING DIVISION GROWS

 

The divisions added a full-time Quality Assurance Program and Manager, Recruiting Lieutenant and Firefighter and a Training Officer.

EAST ANNEX COVERED

 

Engine 14 placed into service at Station 8 to cover new eastern annexed area of the city until Station 14 is completed in 2003.

ROBERT A. BOWMAN APPOINTED FIRE CHIEF His second appointment, serving as the 16th Chief for Orlando.

COLORS OF APPARATUS CHANGE TO RED & BLACK WITH GOLD LETTERING

 

ORLANDO FIREFIGHTERS PIPES & DRUMS

 

OFP&D, formed by a group of OFD personnel and organized by Engineer Mike Stallings, performed for the first time at the Florida Citrus Bowl parade in Downtown Orlando.

 JAMES REYNOLDS APPOINTED 17TH FIRE CHIEF

 

 

ACCREDITATION PROCESS BEGINS

 

In March, OFD began a 2-year accreditation process with the Commission of Fire Accreditation. Once accredited, a fire service agency must be recertified every 5 years.

 

PEDIATRIC ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT (PALS)

 

In August, the EMS Division began training and certifying all OFD paramedics in PALS. This is an American Heart Association course similar to ACLS, but focuses on pediatric patients.

NEW STATION 7 BUILT

 

Located on Goldwyn Avenue, it houses Engine 7, Tower 7 (Replaced Tower 2) and Rescue 7.

NEW STATION 1 OPENS

JOHN MILLER APPOINTED 18TH FIRE CHIEF

THE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION

OFD EARNS CLASS 1 RATING

 

This rating places Orlando Fire Department in the top one-tenth of 1-percent of over 45,000 rated fire departments in the nation.

STATION 16 BEGINS SERVICE

 

NEW STATION 1 PLANS ANNOUNCED

 

The new facility, located at 78 W. Central, will be the lower 3 floors of a 9-story high-rise and service as the new headquarters for the Orlando Fire Department.

SECOND SAFETY HOUSE PURCHASED

 

With a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, a safety house was approved by Council on September 18. It includes: a tornado and hurricane simulation unit, stove top burners and burning trash cans for kitchen fire safety demos, heated doors with smoke coming from underneath to simulate fire conditions

shaking mini blinds/simulated lightning and blackout shades, two 15,000 BTU air conditioning units , a 24" television with DVD/VCR player and five speaker sound system for presentations

STATION 17 GROUNDBREAKING IN MILLENIA

ORLANDO FIRE DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES ITS 120-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

 

The Orlando Fire Prevention Rally was held in conjunction with the re-launch of the Orlando Fire Museum and the first annual Firefighter Chili Cook-Off.

FIRE FIT KIDS

 

In June, the pilot program was implemented in four community centers, with the goal to place the program into all Middle schools by August 2005.

OFD ADOPTS IAFC/IAFF FITNESS PROGRAM

 

Also known as Peer Fitness, this program was developed as a national standard through a joint effort between the IAFC/IAFF and ACE (American Exercise Council). The program is designed to evaluate and improve overall wellness of firefighters and to help them to better prepare for the physical demands related to their job.

STATION 14 TEMPORARY TRAILER CONSTRUCTED AND IN SERVICE WITH ONE ENGINE

STATION 13 PLACED IN SERVICE

TOWER 9 PLACED IN SERVICE.

OFD HIRED FIRST FEMALE FIRE MARSHAL, TAMMY HUGHES

STATION 14 AND STATION 15 BEGIN SERVICE

ON FEBRUARY 16, 2015 MAYOR BUDDY DYER APPOINTED RODERICK WILLIAMS AS THE NEW CHIEF OF THE ORLANDO FIRE DEPARTMENT.

A timeline of the biggest moments in OFD History.