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Media Releases

You can view and download media releases published by the department here. The department has been archiving its media releases on its website since 2013. 


December 6, 2018: Fire Displaces Family of Three

November 9. 2018: Season of Giving: Lakeland Fire Department Toy Drive Starts November 14 

November 6, 2018: Lakeland Fire Chief Selected as West Central Regional Director for Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association

October 18, 2018: LFD and LPD Hosting Truck-or-Treat on October 29

October 17, 2018: Hot Holiday Gift for a Good Cause - 2019 Lakeland Firefighter Calendar to Benefit SPCA Florida Now on Sale 

October 17, 2018: Update: More Lakeland Firefighters Sent to Relieve USAR Team 421 Members in Panhandle and Continue Helping in Hurricane Michael Aftermath 

October 15, 2018: Lakeland USAR Team 421 Helping in Hurricane Michael Aftermath Since Oct.10 

October 5, 2018: Protecting Those That Protect You: Cancer Prevention at the Lakeland Fire Department

September 21, 2018: Lakeland Fire Department Awarded Life Safety Achievement Award  

September 4, 2018: Lakeland Fire Department Hiring September 4 - 28, 2018 

July 31, 2018: LFD Aims to Educate Women on Career Potential in the Fire Service

July 16, 2018: LFD Hosts Teen Camp to Expose Youth to Careers in the Fire Service

June 26, 2018: Fire at Senior Living Facility Lake Morton Plaza

June 19, 2018: Fire Inspection Fee Changes Take Effect July 1, 2018; More Equitable for Lakeland Area Businesses

May 17, 2018: Fire Prevention Division Now Offering Extended Hours for Better Customer Service

April 6, 2018: Boots for Literacy Chili Cook-Off Happens April 12; 12 Teams Competing 

March 19, 2018: Lakeland's Firefighters Fill the Boot for MDA

March 5, 2018: Lakeland Fire Department Welcomes Five New Firefighters 

January 13, 2018: Live Fire Training at LAL January 15 - 20, 2018

January 10, 2018: Michael Williams Selected as Assistant Chief of Operations

January 6, 2018: Battalion Chief Michael Williams Selected for National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program


December 13, 2017: Douglas E. Riley Selected as New Fire Chief of the Lakeland Fire Department

December 6, 2017: Hot Holiday Gift for a Good Cause - 2018 Lakeland Firefighter Calendar to Benefit SPCA Florida

November 27, 2017: Assistant Chief Doug Riley Selected for International Association of Fire Chiefs 2018 Fire Service Executive Development Institute

November 21, 2017: Fire Chief Gary Ballard Retires December 15 After 40 years of Service 

November 7, 2017: Season of Giving. Lakeland Fire Department Toy Drive Starts November 8

November 2, 2017: Lakeland Ranks as City with High Home Fire Risk, The Hartford Pledges Support

October 31, 2017: Now Hiring. LFD Accepting Applications November 1-30, 2017 

October 5, 2017: Open House Happens October 14 to Celebrate Fire Prevention Week

September 14, 2017: Kitchen Fire at 1202 Edgewater Drive. Hurricane Irma Related. 

September 8, 2017: Lakeland Fire Department's Hurricane Irma Response

August 11, 2017: Pediatric Near Drowning. Three-Month-Old Patient 

August 8, 2017: Pediatric Near Drowning in Steeplechase Community

July 19, 2017: LFD Hosts Teen Camp to Expose Diverse Youth to Fire Service Careers

July 13, 2017: Boots for Literacy Cook-Off Happens. 12 Teams of Firefighters Competing. 

July 11, 2017: Partnership Creates PSA Series to Keep Pet Owners and Pets Safe 

July 5, 2017: Safer Money Saving Alternative Rescue Vehicle Put into Service 

July 3, 2017: Celebrate the Fourth of July Safely

May 17, 2017: Brush Fire in Lakeland

May 8, 2017: Hangar Filled with Foam for Live Fire Training 

March 10, 2017: Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

January 30, 2017: LFD Welcomes 13 New Firefighters 

January 4, 2017: Live Fire Training at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport


December 15, 2016: Photo Opportunity: Toy Drive Toy Delivery to Charities 

November 23, 2016: New Particle Filtering Hoods Being Used by Lakeland Firefighters to Combat Cancer Risk

November 12, 2016 2017: LFD Calendar to Benefit SPCA Florida

November 4, 2016: Season of Giving: Lakeland Fire Department Toy Drive Starts November 7

October 28, 2016: Fire at 1510 Ariana Street Caused by Smoking While Using Medical Oxygen 

September 15, 2016: Hiring Opens September 30 - October 15, 2016

September 7, 2016: Lakeland Public Safety Agencies Team Up to Keep 911 for Emergencies

August 25, 2016: National Award for Lakeland Firefighter

August 11, 2016: Lakeland Firefighters Will Remind Motorist School is Back in Session for 7th Year in a Row

August 10, 2016: LFD Will Celebrate Its Centennial Anniversary with Community Celebration August 13

July 28, 2016: New Pet Oxygen Masks Result of LFD / SPCA Florida  Partnership

June 24, 2016: Lakeland Fire Department to Celebrate Its Centennial with Community Celebration on August 13

June 2, 2016: UPDATE: No Charges Being Filed on 3 Children Involved in Playground Fire at Westside Park

May 22, 2016: Structure Fire at 115 Riggins Street; Displaces 2 Individuals

May 11, 2016: Playground Equipment Destroyed by Fire at Westside Park

April 18, 2016: Lakeland Responders Prepare for the Worst with Disaster Preparedness

April 7, 2016: Firefighter For a Day Experience For Local Boy

April 4, 2016: Department Welcomes Eleven New Firefighters

March 29, 2016: SUN ‘n FUN and Lakeland’s Firefighters Join Forces to Fight Muscular Dystrophy on April 8, 2016

March 22, 2016: Celebrating 100 Years of Service

March 17, 2016: Lakeland Professional Firefighters to Fill the Boot on March 20 at Tigertown

March 9, 2016: Fire Marshal Alfred “Frank” Bass Retires and Fire Marshal Cheryl Edwards Hired in Historic Appointment. Ceremonies to Be Held for Both.

February 12, 2016: Lakeland Linder Regional Airport to Hold Fill-Scale Emergency Exercise; Lakeland Fire Department Participating and Leading Event

January 25, 2016: UPDATE - Structure Fire at Bella Vista Manor. 1 Fatality, 3 Patients Transported

January 24, 2016: Fire at Bella Vista Manor

January 21, 2016: Structure Fire at 1226 Deleon Way. Firefighters save 5 dogs.

January 8, 2016: Live Fire Training at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport 


December 13, 2015: Firefighters Respond to Condominium Fire. Rescue One from Burning Unit. Find Deceased Person in Neighboring Unit.

December 7, 2015: Partnership Calendar For Sale to Help Lakeland's Rescued Animals

December 2, 2015: Commemorative Firefighter Sculpture to be Revealed December 8. All are Invited. (Document under ADA review)

November 30, 2015: The Lakeland Fire Department Kicks Off Toy Drive for Lakeland's Children in Need

November 23, 2015: Lakeland Firefighters & American Red Cross Volunteers Will Install Smoke Alarms November 24

November 16, 2015: Lakeland Receives New Fire Protection Rating; the Highest Achievable Level

November 11, 2015: Fire Fatality at Citrus Center Colony

September 22, 2015: LFD is Sponsoring Communi-Tea and Coffee events at all of its Stations to Mark Fire Safety Week

August 26, 2015: Lakeland Fire Department Responds to Commercial Building Fire

August 24, 2015: Lakeland Firefighters Respond to Hazardous Materials Leak, Building Evacuated

August 20, 2015: Structure Fire: 4 Patients Transported. 1 Dog Received Care Through LFD/SPCA Partnership; First To Do So

August 17, 2015: Lakeland Firefighters Will Remind Motorist School is Back in Session

July 27, 2015: Lakeland Fire Department and SPCA Florida Launch Partnership

July 23, 2015: Fire Chief Gary Ballard is President of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association

July 10, 2015: Rescue Boat Ceremony @  Lake Mirror

June 30, 2015: The Lakeland Fire Department Reminds You to Celebrate Independence Day Safely

June 7, 2015: Two Structure Fires in 1 1/2 Time Frame

May 27, 2015: Charging an Electric Golf Cart May Pose Unexpected Health Hazards

March 12, 2015: Vehicle Extrication on Kathleen Road Due. Wet Road Conditions a Possible Factor

March 9, 2015: Presenting the Department’s First Full Length Video Production: Fully Involved: What it means to be a Lakeland Firefighter

January 30, 2015: Lakeland Firefighters Will Be Hitting the Streets February 2 to Install Smoke Alarms Where Needed Most

January 22, 2015 Plane Crash With Two Onboard Leads to Structure Fire; Explosive Chemicals Inside

January 5, 2015 Bringing in the New Year with a New Fire Station