Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ocala Fire-Rescue



Before 1885, Ocala had no professional firefighters. It took a devastating fire that destroyed most of downtown Ocala to set things in motion. Ocala Fire-Rescue was formed 125 years ago, in 1885.

Today there are six fire stations, fully equipped to handle any emergency. The firefighters are well-trained and must obtain Florida certification.

Firefighting and rescue can be very dangerous and these men and women are our first line of defense. They work 24 hours on and 48 hours off. Salary begins at $32,000 per year.

Kudos to all of our firefighters and rescue teams everywhere!

22 comments:

Memphis MOJO said...

I remember when I was a kid that I wanted to be a fireman. Sounded glamorous or something.

Snapshutter said...

I love fire engines. Your photo makes me wanna go to our fire department and get some shots of the trucks.

Halcyon said...

I hope there were no fires at your local mall. I couldn't stand to think of your shopping being interrupted!

Paula said...

I love firetrucks too, but I'm always startled to see firefighters in uniform shopping for groceries like regular people.
Seems like they should shop in plain clothes, and then change in a phone booth if needed.
:)

Kate said...

Every child's dream is to ride on one of these. Perhaps it's every adults dream to drive one of these, with the siren blaring, of course!

Olivier said...

ils sont tres beaux, avec un design legerement ancien

Small City Scenes said...

We salute you--each and every one.
And a big THANKS!!!!!!
MB

Irina said...

Looks very accurate and in order. Could you please add the photo of handsome fireman, please? :-)

cieldequimper said...

I love American fire engines and yes, they are brave and we do need them.

Tash said...

The firetrucks are so classy! Beautiful close-up, Jacob.

VP said...

We wish them all the idle time possible...

EG Wow said...

Firefighters are amazing dedicated people, that's for sure!

brattcat said...

Here, here.

B SQUARED said...

A vital part of every community. They deserve our respect.

JM said...

These trucks look so cool!
Kudos to all firefighters from me too.

bfarr said...

Intersting that you posted the fire engines. At the mall eating lunch maybe?

I got a shot, of some EMTs,etc in front of a local joint picking up a customer. It will post of 2 July.

Happy 4th weekend.
barb

Jarart said...

Nice truck! Thank goodness for the police and firefighters, who put their life on the line to save a stranger.

Bibi said...

That's not much money for risking your life. More power to them. My cousin was a volunteer firefighter for years.

Daryl said...

Fire rescue squads are the best .. had first hand experience with them when my parents lived in FL and needed help

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful homage Jacob, they are brave!So sad about the fire devastation, I didn't know about it, so sorry.
Léia

Anonymous said...

Having Worked with your New Fire Chief, you are fortunate to have him working in your community.
He will continue to preserve your history and make your community a safer place to live and work. Bruce Dash Division Chief Retired,Palm Beach Fire Rescue. Good Luck Chief DeIorio!

Jacob said...

Thank you, Chief Dash, for your comment. I think you will find agreement around the world that our firefighters and EMTs are some of the most important people in our communities!

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson