Rescue crews free man after car was crushed

Rescue crews free man after car was crushed

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Fire Rescue  units were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash in the vicinity of the U-Haul Self Storage, located at 5555 South Pine Avenue, Ocala. When Rescue 531 arrived on scene, crews found that a Honda had been involved in a collision with a farm tractor and its trailer. The driver […]

Firefighters kept fire from spreading through house

Firefighters kept fire from spreading through house

Ocala, Florida — On December 18, Marion County Fire Rescue crews from several south west county stations responded to 8156 Southwest 100th Street Road, Ocala, in reference to a residential fire. According to officials, EMS 100 arrived on scene, took command, and quickly evaluated the perimeter of the home. MCFR Public Information Officer James P. […]

Firefighters deliver $25,000 in toys

Firefighters deliver $25,000 in toys

Ocala, Florida – Marion County Fire Rescue firefighters delivered approximately $25,000 worth of toys to 15 Marion County public schools on Thursday, wrapping up the department’s annual Holiday Helpers drive. For six weeks, firefighters collected gifts and donations from residents at all Marion County Fire Rescue stations. On Dec. 17, firefighters loaded toys onto several […]

Silver Springs woman dies in fire

Silver Springs woman dies in fire

Silver Springs — A silver Springs woman along with her cat and dog, died Thursday morning when her house caught on fire. At approximately 2:25 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue crews responded to a house fire, located at 2315 Southeast 175th Terrace Road, Silver Springs. Article continued below According to MCFR, 11 units — a total of 24 […]

Car burst into flames on Baseline and Maricamp

Car burst into flames on Baseline and Maricamp

[Video submitted by Carin Geiman — additional video below]  Article continued below Ocala, Florida — On September 21, 2015, Marion County Fire Rescue Station 33 responded to a vehicle fire on Baseline Road and Southeast Maricamp Road. According to MCFR, when units arrived, crew members found that a vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. MCFR said […]

MCFR fire chief candidate accused of harassment against women and lack of higher education

MCFR fire chief candidate accused of harassment against women and lack of higher education

Ocala, Florida — On August 26, acting County Administrator Mounir Bouyounes selected Deputy Fire Chief Paul Nevels as the candidate to become the next Marion County Fire Chief. Bouyounes will present his selection to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 1. According to Marion County Public Information […]

Mother involved in 225A crash died

Mother involved in 225A crash died

Ocala, Florida — A mother who was critically injured following a two-vehicle crash on August 3, has died. Florida Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sergeant Tracy Hisler-Pace said that Conley was pronounced deceased on August 16, 2015, at 10:54 a.m. Conley’s passenger, 6-year-old Zachary Bode, remains in critical condition at UF Health Shands Hospital in […]

To the Editor: Citizens & commissioners show little support for public safety

To the Editor: Citizens & commissioners show little support for public safety

Ocala, Florida — It was a little disheartening to see all the Marion County citizens rally for the Confederate flag recently.  Not that they shouldn’t be allowed to show their enthusiastic support for whatever cause they deem worthy, but the fact that they then show such little support for the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department […]

Unbelievable act of kindness from firefighters after man sustained serious injuries

Unbelievable act of kindness from firefighters after man sustained serious injuries

Belleview, Florida —  While an elderly man was mowing his yard Friday morning he fell and suffered serious injuries. Marion County Fire Rescue E18 and R18 were dispatched and promptly responded to the location of the incident. Upon arrival, both units began treatment. While R18 transported the patient to the hospital, E18 cleared the call […]

Commissioners look toward sales tax increase for public safety

Commissioners look toward sales tax increase for public safety

[Last updated on July 28, 2015, at 10:53 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Marion County Commissioners unanimously agreed last Tuesday to schedule a workshop to discuss placing a one cent sales tax increase on the ballot in March 2016, amid long standing budget woes. The issue, brought forth by Marion County Commissioner David Moore, would divide […]

Labor leaders dislike county contract for firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs

Labor leaders dislike county contract for firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs

  Ocala, Florida — On July 10, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners offered a contract to firefighters and paramedics that provided wage increases of $2 per hour for paramedics and $1 per hour for EMTs. According to the county’s Facebook page, the offer comes with a price tag of approximately $3.1 million. However, labor […]

Firefighter exodus continues with stalled negotiations; county may reduce requirements for Fire Chief

Firefighter exodus continues with stalled negotiations; county may reduce requirements for Fire Chief

[Last updated on July 8, 2015, at 9:37 p.m. to include a statement from the county.] Ocala, Florida  — Marion County firefighters are still waiting to hear back from county officials on their contract as the exodus of firefighters and paramedics continues. Last week, a 10-year Firefighter Paramedic promoted to Lieutenant, a 6-year Firefighter Paramedic promoted […]

Firefighters prevent Days Inn from burning to the ground

Firefighters prevent Days Inn from burning to the ground

[Video courtesy of Days Inn Management] Ocala, Florida — No injuries were reported in a blaze that completely destroyed a room at a Days Inn Motel on Friday. At approximately 6 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue responded to the Days Inn, located at 5751 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala. Article continued below According to reports,  crews […]

Florida Association of Counties provided misleading data for MCFR and EMS

Florida Association of Counties provided misleading data for MCFR and EMS

Ocala, Florida — A report recently issued by the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), claimed that Marion County is among the top Florida counties when it comes to funding fire rescue and emergency medical services. The findings were released on June 3 as an alleged compilation of fire control and EMS expenditures and rankings for […]

Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief announces retirement

Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief announces retirement

Ocala, Florida — First on Ocala Post — Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief M. Stuart McElhaney announced today that he is retiring after 21-years of service. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with our crews, citizens staff, and county leadership in both of my roles as fire chief and assistant county administrator,” McElhaney said. “I […]

Car flipped and struck power pole, no hospital for man and infant

Car flipped and struck power pole, no hospital for man and infant

Marion County — On May 12, at approximately 6:45 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue crews from Station 17 responded to a rollover-crash on Southeast Maricamp Road and Locust Road. Upon arrival, rescue crews found that a 2010 Kia, driven by David A. Furye, 27, had flipped and struck a power pole. This caused power lines to come down […]

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