Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 2 City Commissioner Tony Ortiz and Orlando Fire Chief Charlie Salazar invite the Dover Shores community to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Orlando Fire Department Station 11, “The Beast of the East.”
The new 14,918-square-foot station will be built at the corner of Curry Ford Road and Gaston Foster Road where the previous station was located. The state-of-the-art facility will provide Dover Shores and the surrounding neighborhoods with a modern facility, equipped with the latest in technology and space to accommodate multiple, specialized units and equipment.
The station will be home to 30 firefighters, house four bays, four units - an Engine, a Tower, a Rescue and a District Chief - and is designed to promote firefighter health and safety while providing top-rated service, functionality and rapid response times to the community it serves. The modern facility features new technology that further enhances station operations, including:
- Individual crew bunk rooms and restrooms to accommodate and promote diversity in the workplace.
- A decontamination room with a shower and two airlocks with pressurization to further keep potential carcinogens out of the living quarters.
- Sleeping quarters and active crew quarters that have acoustic separation to allow for rest, recuperation and camaraderie.
- Escalating emergency tones to reduce fatigue and heart-rate response.
- Physical agility rooms that promote a healthy lifestyle for top firefighter performance.
- Open kitchens and dining rooms to allow for the crew to cook and eat together.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
TIME CHANGE: 10:10a.m.
Orlando Fire Station 11
4911 East Curry Ford Road
Media parking will be available at the Dover Shores Neighborhood Center, 1400 Gaston Foster Road. The site is an active construction zone, so please plan accordingly, including wearing closed-toed and flat shoes to the event.
ORLANDO FIRE DEPARTMENT BACKGROUND:
Established in 1885, the Orlando Fire Department began as a group of dedicated volunteers serving to protect the lives and property of the 1,666 citizens of Orlando. Today that department has grown to 539 members who annually serve millions of visitors, resident and businesses in Orlando.
The Orlando Fire Department is rated in the top one percent of fire departments in the United States and is the only fire department in the state of Florida to have ISO 1 classification, International Fire Accreditation, Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) certification, Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and ACE accreditation (911/Communications Center).