Clermont Fire Earns Accreditation

Clermont Fire Chief Carle Bishop, and his department, were honored with the Central Florida Fire Chiefs Association’s Distinguished Service Award. The award, presented by CFFCA President and Winter Park Fire Chief James White, was presented to recognize the Clermont firefighters for their recent international accreditation.

The Clermont Fire Department just became Lake County’s first department to earn the Commission on Fire Accreditation International’s accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The coveted achievement is the gold standard among fire departments nationwide. Of the nearly 500 fire departments and stations in Florida, only 22 have earned accreditation.

“We have been working on achieving accreditation for three years,” said Chief Carle Bishop. “It is an honor and recognition of the daily commitment our men and women bring to their mission of saving lives and property.”

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Lake County Public Safety Director Jolliff Retires

Minneola Fire Chief Jan Otero presents a plaque to Lake County Public Safety Director John Jolliff on behalf of his contribution to the Lake-Sumter Fire Chiefs Association since the inception in 2001.

Chief Jolliff announced his retirement effective May 26, 2017 after 43 years in Public Safety, serving the cities of Altamonte Springs, Mount Dora and Lake County.

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