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10-year plan

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10-year plan, adopted in 2001

The background
  • Marion County is one of the fastest growing communities in the state with a population that has soared to more than 300,000 citizens.
  • In accordance with the 10-year-plan adopted in 2001 to improve emergency response countywide, MCFR will hire 250 additional firefighters by 2011, build new fire stations, relocate and renovate existing fire stations and remodel all-volunteer fire stations to accommodate full-time firefighters.
  • The fire assessment, which is based on benefit of service instead of property values, helps pay for these enhancements. Commissioners established the 10-year-plan concept to spread costly improvements over a decade to prevent encumbering taxpayers all at once.
  • With the goal of having a minimum of five full-time crew members including two paramedics at each station per 24-hour shift, response times and quality of service will improve significantly.

Elected officials, fire rescue employees
and dozens of residents celebrate the
grand opening of Spruce Creek Station 30.

Liberty Station 32

Spruce Creek Station 30 grand opening.

Officials broke ground on Friendship
Station 21 on June 6, 2008.

Salt Springs Station 15

10-year plan accomplishments

  • Since the implementation of MCFR's 10-year plan, commissioners and fire rescue officials have upheld and even exceeded promises made to citizens.
  • March 2009: Celebrated the grand opening of Liberty Station 32 located at 11350 SW 49th Ave., Ocala. The 8,800-square-foot station cost $1.6 million to build and houses dual-certified firefighter/paramedics, firefighter/EMTs, a fire engine and a transport rescue.

    This station has significantly improved emergency response to neighborhoods such as Marco Polo Village, Whispering Pines, Forest Glen, Sun Valley, Majestic Oaks, Cherry Wood and JB Ranch among others. The station is named Liberty in honor of the military men and women who have served the United States to protect America's freedoms.
  • Dec. 4, 2008: Celebrated the grand opening of Spruce Creek Station 30 located at 7900 SE 135th St., Ocala, in southern Marion County. The three-bay, 9,168-square-foot fire station houses dual-certified firefighter/paramedics, firefighter/EMTs, a fire engine and a transport rescue.

    This station has improved emergency response in Summerfield and south Marion County as well as provides back-up response to Belleview, The Villages of Marion and Weirsdale.
  • June 2008: Crews broke ground on Friendship Station 21, a rebuilt and relocated station that will move from its current address on State Road 200 to Southwest 90 Street.

    The new three-bay 9,708 square foot station, which will cost about $2 million to build, will provide primary response to the Friendship area and State Road 200 corridor as well as back-up service to Marion Oaks, Golden Ocala, Shady and the city of Ocala.
  • May 2008: Crews broke ground on Ray Lloyd, Jr. Station 31, located off Highway 484 in southwest Marion County. The new 10,536 square foot three-bay fire station, which will cost approximately $2.3 million to build will improve emergency response to Florida Highlands as well as the State Road 200 and Highway 484 corridors.

    The station is named after fallen firefighter, Ray Lloyd Jr. who died in the line of duty on Feb. 7, 2001.
  • March 2007: Staffed South Forest Station 6, formerly an all-volunteer station, with full-time firefighter/paramedics and firefighter/EMTs who work 24-hour shifts, improving response in the Big Scrub, Rolling Woods and Weirsdale areas.
  • February 2007: Celebrated the grand opening of Salt Springs Station 15, formerly an all-volunteer station, just 10 months after officials broke ground on the two-bay, 7,200-square-foot building.
  • December 2006: Celebrated the grand opening of Rainbow Springs Station 22, now a 13,500-square-foot, multi-governmental facility also housing a tax collector branch and sheriff district office.
  • December 2005: Celebrated the grand opening of Meadowood Farms Station 12 after breaking ground on the 7,200-square-foot station in August 2004.
  • July 2004: Celebrated the grand opening of Anthony Station 1, formerly an all-volunteer station, improving emergency response north of Ocala including Silver Meadows, Ocala Highlands, Pleasant Manor, Dove Hill, Countryside Estates, Cross Tie Ranches and many other neighborhoods.
  • June 2004: Celebrated the grand opening of Golden Ocala Station 20, a relocated fire station, improving emergency response to neighborhoods such as Ocala Park Estates, Golden Hills and Ocala Palms.
  • October 2002: Celebrated the grand opening of The Villages of Marion Station 10 off of Highway 42, improving emergency response in south Marion County, including The Villages of Marion, Orange Blossom Hills, West Lake Weir, Stonecrest and Spruce Creek South.

Other noteworthy accomplishments

  • Oct. 1, 2008: MCFR became the ambulance transport service provider for all citizens in Marion County, including those living in Belleview, Dunnellon, Reddick, McIntosh and the city of Ocala. MCFR's ambulance deployment plan added 237 new positions and significantly increased the number of ambulances ready to respond.
  • Spring 2007: Marion County Fire Rescue received a 94 percent approval rating, the highest score out of all county departments following a citizen survey. The Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Central Florida conducted the survey, asking 600 citizens their opinions about the quality of service Marion County provides.
  • March 2007: Implemented a historic automatic aid and mutual aid agreement between MCFR and the city of Ocala Fire Rescue to ensure that the closest available fire rescue unit is sent to emergencies.
  • January 2006: Implemented a formal automatic aid agreement between Marion County Fire Rescue and The Villages Public Safety Department to ensure the closest unit is sent to every emergency in south Marion County.

Marion County Fire Rescue and Ocala Fire
Rescue firefighters participate in a joint
training exercise to practice fire
tactics following a plane crash.