Fire Chief Paul Nevels

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During the past several years– like many citizens -- Marion County Fire Rescue has had to cut back on its spending. Still, it was important to reduce our expenditures without reducing the quality of service we provide the citizens of Marion County. I’m proud of the fact that we were able to accomplish this without cutting the number of firefighter/paramedics and firefighter/EMTs who work hard every day to carry-out the fire department’s mission.

In fact, despite budgetary set-backs, we’ve actually been able to improve the emergency service we provide. To do that, we’ve reorganized our administrative structure, sought new more efficient processes and created unique partnerships.

In 2012 MCFR launched the air medical program ShandsCair 2 alongside Shands at the University of Florida and Med-Trans. Now instead of having a helicopter fly from Gainesville to aid Marion County trauma patients, we have an aircraft based right here. This reduces the time it takes to get citizens to the medical care they need.  Additionally, in 2015, Marion County Fire Rescue partnered with the Ocala Health System to provide a critical care transport truck.

Please explore our website to learn more about MCFR, how MCFR firefighters and medical professionals train, how the department operates and what you can do as a citizen to be vigilant when it comes to your health and fire safety.

Paul Nevels

Fire Chief, Marion County Fire Rescue