Mission Statement: Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) is a progressive, professional fire rescue department dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of the community, providing excellent service, education and prevention in partnership with the citizens of Marion County.
MCFR is the second largest fire rescue department north of Orlando and more than 600 employees strong with a $61.5 million budget and 30 fire stations. The department's has more than 500 full-time state certified firefighter/paramedics, firefighter/EMTs, EMTs and paramedics serve more than 300,000 citizens, cover 1,600 square miles (which is larger than the state of Rhode Island) and respond to an average of 170 emergencies a day.
These professionals have the skills and equipment to respond to structure, brush and vehicle fires; medical emergencies involving cardiac arrest, respiratory distress and trauma; vehicle accidents requiring extrication; hazardous materials incidents; natural disasters and many other emergencies. In October of 2008, MCFR added ambulance transport to its growing mission.
When not responding to 9-1-1 calls, MCFR firefighters train for worst case scenarios and give back to the community by supporting charitable projects. They host toy and clothing drives during the holidays, participate in Operation Stuff the Bus for homeless children and raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and United Way of Marion County.
MCFR is a department of county government, accountable to a county administrator, five elected commissioners and thousands of citizens, all with various perspectives. Department leaders approach stakeholders with immediacy, believing that when citizens have easy access to information, they can lead healthier, safer lives.