Marion County Fire Rescue is a multifaceted organization that aims to keep the public informed at all times regarding the department’s performance, safety issues and concerns affecting the community and local medical and fire incidents.
Residents and the media can track incidents that MCFR responds to in real time via the live scanner and stay updated though recent media releases.
Additionally, each year MCFR embarks on several public education campaigns in an effort to teach children about fire safety, educate the community about water safety and help prevent emergency situations due to falls. These initiatives include the annual Fire Safety Month campaign that takes place each October during which MCFR crews visit more than 30 schools across the county to share life-saving information about how to prevent fires and what to do if they should ever be involved in a structure fire.
In 2013, MCFR launched the Prepare. Protect. Prevent. water-safety campaign in hopes of preventing unnecessary drownings and water-related emergencies. This campaign, which is conducted in May in conjunction with Ocala Fire Rescue, Infant Survival Resource and the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department, reaches parents and guardians of young children through demonstrations performed at public and private pools across the county.
Moreover, falls and fall-related incidents account for a large portion of the EMS calls to which MCFR crew members respond. To combat this, MCFR’s prevention division reaches out to the community with Fall Prevention seminars.