History of Oviedo Fire Department
"Service with Honor" "Service with Respect" Service with Excellence"
The Growing Years
Tragedy would occur on June 8th, 2002 when Firefighter Shane Kelly would tragically lose his life while rendering emergency medical care on the scene of a serious car accident on the Florida Turnpike. Firefighter Kelly was a well respected member of the Oviedo Firefighters and the town rallied to support the department by standing in somber silence during the memorial procession. The Oviedo City Council would rename Winter Miles Park to Shane Kelly Park in memory.
In 2003, the population reached 26,316 and by far the most tragic civilian fire loss occurred whereas four children perished in a residential house fire in which the smoke detectors were found inoperable. The department responded by securing a federal grant for a Fire Safety Education Trailer, the only in Seminole County. Also in 2003, Fire Station 3, a temporary mobile home would be placed into service on the East side of Oviedo to handle the increasing call volume. The department would also join a county wide First Response System for automatic aid in a cooperative sharing program with other fire services in the region.
In 2004, Lars White was appointed as the FIre Chief Emergency Management Director and coordinated disaster response and relief efforts for three major hurricanes. The city would face 6 million dollars in debris cleanup and nearly a dozen structures were deemed unhabitable due to extensive damage including the Citrus Packing Plant. The Department would face an ISO regrade and maintain the outstanding ISO Class 2 rating.
In 2007, Chief White was tasked with implementing a Tornado Siren Warning System for the Oviedo community, the first such system in the state. The department also completed a campaign to replace an aging fleet of Fire and Rescue Apparatus and thereby establishing fleet consistency.
In 2009, Chief White coordinated the construction of Fire Station 3, replacing the temporary Mobile Home Fire Station as well as a new Fire Administration and Emergency Management Building. The new Fire Station included 7,000 square feet of apparatus bays and living space and 6,000 square feet of Administation office space. The site is lushly landscaped with over 100 trees and will serve the community many years to follow.
In 2016, the population reached 36,819 and Chief White coordinated the construction of a new Fire Station 1, replacing the original downtown Fire Station and the City Hall Fire Station into a single Fire Station located at Boston Hill Park. The new station was the result of a road widening project that required the closing and decommisioning of the original downtown Fire Station. The new Fire Station incorprates over 14,000 square feet and was constructed for 3.2 million dollars. The Hometown Fire Department also continues to receive many awards and special recognition including an ISO Class 2 Rating, 98% excellent customer satisfaction rating, Zero Deficiency Rating from the Florida Bureau of Health, Division of EMS, 2012 ICMA Award of Excellence in Fire & EMS Services as the Top 3 of 500 jurisdictions, and 100% Compliance for Safety Programs from the State Fire Marshall's Office.
Visit the Oviedo Historical Society for a complete history on the Oviedo community. Oviedo Biography of a Town, by Richard Adicks & Donna Neely is available for purchase from: