Chief Morgan presented plaques on behalf of the Lake-Sumter Fire Chiefs’ Association to honor their respective Communications Center staff during the week of April 13-19, 2014. This is the time frame designated by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International as National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week when communication centers around the United States recognize the invaluable contributions that EMS, police and fire telecommunicators and dispatchers make by being the first responders to emergency calls from citizens.
Clermont Fire Chief Carle Bishop, one of Central Florida’s longest serving firefighters and fire chiefs, was recently installed as the Lake County representative and board member of the Central Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association.
Bishop became a firefighter for the Clermont Fire Department in 1971, the same year that the country’s voting age was lowered to 18 and Walt Disney World opened in Orlando. Bishop was following in his father’s shoes and often was the lone firefighter responding to fires. Just three years later, he was named assistant chief. He has held a chief officer position in the Clermont Fire Department for 40 years.
Jeremy Hoornstra is known to many people in Lake County as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Leesburg Fire Department. Others recognize him as a world record powerlifter … twice decorated.
Hoornstra established his second world mark on Saturday at the American Powerlifting Association Raw Nationals in Defuniak Springs. Despite weighing only 246 pounds, Hoornstra competed in the 275-pound category and bench pressed 672.4 pound, erasing the previous record of 669 pounds, set in 2011 by Russia’s Vladimir Krastsov.
Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell, who also serves as the chairman of the Lake Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors, spoke highly of Lake County’s public safety telecommunicators at Board of County Commissioners meeting on April 8, 2014. As he presented a PROCLAMATION approved by the Board of County Commissioners recognizing April 13-19, 2014 as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Lake County, Commissioner Cadwell emphasized, “We have great public servants in the Lake EMS and Sheriff’s Office Communications Centers who are the first responders to emergency and non-emergency callers. In Lake County we have a great partnership between these two government agencies who respond to citizens calls.”
The Lake EMS and Sheriff’s Office Communications Centers have been co-located since the opening of the Lake County Emergency Communications and Operations Center in Tavares in April 2012. The new 9-1-1 call center operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.