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About MCFR

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Marion County Fire Rescue Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) is a progressive, professional fire rescue department dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of the community, providing excellent service, education and prevention in partnership with the citizens of Marion County.

MCFR is the second largest fire rescue department north of Orlando and more than 500 employees strong with a $52.8 million budget and 31 fire stations. The department's full-time state certified firefighter/paramedics, firefighter/EMTs, EMTs and paramedics serve more than 300,000 citizens, cover 1,600 square miles (which is larger than the state of Rhode Island) and respond to an average of 210 emergency responses a day.

These professionals have the skills and equipment to respond to structure, brush and vehicle fires; medical emergencies involving cardiac arrest, respiratory distress and trauma; vehicle accidents requiring extrication; hazardous materials incidents; natural disasters and many other emergencies. In October of 2008, MCFR added ambulance transport to its growing mission.

When not responding to 911 calls, MCFR firefighters train for worst case scenarios and give back to the community by supporting charitable projects. They host toy and clothing drives during the holidays, participate in Operation Stuff the Bus for homeless children, support breast cancer awareness and host special events that raise money to assist local families during times of need.

MCFR is a department of county government, accountable to a county administrator, five elected commissioners and more than 350,000 residents, all with various perspectives. Department leaders approach stakeholders with immediacy, believing that when citizens have easy access to information, they can lead healthier, safer lives.