Video: Firefighters contain blaze in 11 minutes

Video: Firefighters contain blaze in 11 minutes

Belleview, Florida — Firefighters from Marion County Fire Rescue Belleview Station 18, Summerfield Station 30, and the Villages Station 10, worked diligently to extinguish a house fire early Wednesday morning. At approximately 2:29 a.m, MCFR units received a call about a fire at Woodside Apartments, located at 3745 Southeast 107th Street, Belleview. According to a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Marion County Firefighter Benevolent Fund charity event

Marion County Firefighter Benevolent Fund charity event

Marion County — Marion County Firefighter Benevolent Fund is holding its 5th annual golf tournament on Saturday, May 16, 2015. MCFBF assists the citizens of Marion County and their Firefighters through medical hardships with financial aid and coordinated volunteer services. Some of life’s greatest trials happen suddenly and unexpectedly. MCFBF aims to protect those facing […]

Big win for citizens: Staffing back at fire station 21, but not out of woods yet

Big win for citizens: Staffing back at fire station 21, but not out of woods yet

Marion County — Staffing levels at Marion County Fire Rescue station 21 are to return to normal on May 16 after citizens from On Top of the World and the surrounding areas made phone calls, sent emails, and went to county commission meetings to raise concerns over the reduction of services. In March, due to staffing […]

Re-organization of county administration derailed, for now

Re-organization of county administration derailed, for now

[Last updated on May 6, 2015, at 11:35 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners would not support a motion to move forward with the re-organization of the county’s administration. Many believe the Board’s decision was because the community came together and demanded change after Ocala Post published an […]

Firefighters, EMTs, and residents get a slap in the face; you won’t believe why

Firefighters, EMTs, and residents get a slap in the face; you won’t believe why

[Last updated on May 5, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — This coming Tuesday, May 5, Marion County commissioners will vote to approve a complete re-organization of county management, which includes appointing a fire chief without an application process or a review of qualifications. County Administrator Bill Kauffman proposed the re-organization. This re-organization is […]

Staffing shortages caused 3 ambulances to shut down Saturday

Staffing shortages caused 3 ambulances to shut down Saturday

Marion County — Persistent staffing shortages have been the cause for Marion County Fire Rescue to shut down ambulances over the last few months. This event, called a “brown out,” has been putting a strain on the ambulance system. The “brown out” has forced MCFR to empty out response zones that are both paid for […]