FAQs

Fire Department

I have received firefighter training in another state. Can I use that training in Florida?

Firefighter certifications are administered by the Bureau of Fire Standards, Florida State Fire College in Ocala, Florida. For specific details please call 352-369-2800.

Why is it that sometimes fire units have their lights/sirens on, then suddenly turn them off and drive normally?

If the dispatcher receives additional information regarding the call indicating that the fire department is not needed, the fire units are cancelled and they return to the fire station.

is there anything I should be doing to help with fire hydrant maintenance?

The Florida Fire Code requires a 7’6” clearance in front of and to the sides of a fire hydrant and a 4’ clearance to the rear of a fire hydrant. If you do not have the proper clearance, you should cut back any plants over-growing the fire hydrant or remove any post, fence, storage or trash that would obstruct or prevent the immediate use of the fire hydrant.

Will fire hydrant maintenance discolor my water?

Water is flowing during fire hydrant maintenance so the possibility of water discoloration is slight but possible.

If I see a fire hydrant leaking or without caps on it, who should I report it to?

You need to contact Public Works at 298-5458. They are responsible for fire hydrant maintenance.

Who do I call if someone is parked in front of a fire hydrant?

You need to contact the Police Department at 291-5200. Parking in front of a fire hydrant is a violation of FSS 316.1945.

If the curb by a fire hydrant is not painted yellow, can I park in front of the fire hydrant?

No. Automobiles must park a minimum of 15 feet from a fire hydrant, regardless of curb color.

Can I plant shrubbery around a fire hydrant so that it is not so visible?

No. Only ground cover is allowed to grow near a fire hydrant. All other plants and obstructions must be at least 7’6” from the front and sides of a fire hydrant and at least 4’ from the rear of a fire hydrant. All fire hydrants must have direct visibility and accessibility from the street.

Where can I get a burn permit and what are the burning regulations?

The Florida Forest Service office in Lakeland is responsible for issuing burn authorizations for this area; you can contact them at 863-648-3160. The outdoor burning regulations may be found here: Outdoor burning regulations

Why do I see fire units at the store?

The firefighters of the Lake Alfred Fire Department work a schedule of 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty. In doing so everybody has different tastes and dietary need, and sometimes they just plain run out of supplies. The firefighters are encouraged to go to the store when out on other duties, such as returning from a call or while getting fuel at the city barn.

I received a bill for ambulance services. Why was I sent this and who do I call for billing questions?

The Lake Alfred Fire Department does not transport patients to a medical facility. If you received a bill for an emergency transport to a hospital it was most likely sent from Polk County Fire Rescue. PCFR is responsible for emergency transport throughout the county. Their number is 863-519-7350.