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Rolling Greens Fire Station

Marion County Fire Rescue had been leasing the property at which the current Station 28 is located. The owner had other plans for the property and the building needed to be replaced. The new location will be more centrally-located for the station's response area, providing improved response times and giving crews a permanent home. 

Spent: $2,552,972.34

Status: Complete

Brush/Grass trucks

Brush/grass trucks provide access to fight wildfires or structure fires in wooded areas.


Spent: $280,423 


Status: 3 new trucks delivered and based out of stations 1, 4 and 21

Fire engines

Fire engines carry thousands of gallons of water so crews can fight fires even far away from hydrants.

Cost: $6,634,008   

Total: 12 new trucks and refurbishing for three existing trucks. The original plan called for 14 new trucks beginning in 2016. This change, per Fire Rescue's recommendation, adds the refurbishing component and sets the first deliveries for 2018.

Status: 5 new engines are in service and 1 has been refurbished. 

Ladder truck

Ladder trucks are used for large square-footage or multi-story buildings, and high-angle rescues. They also carry specialized ladders for above-ground work. Fire Rescue plans on adding one truck.

Cost: $763,000  

Status: Ordered

Self-contained breathing apparatus

SCBAs are compressed air breathing systems that firefighters use when entering conditions that are immediately dangerous to life or health. These SCBA systems allow firefighters to breathe clean air while in hazardous conditions. Each unit is outfitted with a thermal imaging camera to assist with victim rescue, rechargeable batteries, and all components came with a 15 year warranty. The county has purchased 300 to date.


Spent: $2,396,407 


Status: Complete

Water tankers

Water tanker trucks transport large amounts of water to fire scenes, enabling crews to fight fires even far away from water sources.  

Spent: $93,792  

Status: 1 new truck in service. Second truck expected in 2019.


Ambulances are for emergency medical response and transport. During FY 15/16, 73 percent of the 74,227 emergency calls that MCFR responded to were medical in nature. 

Spent: $6,699,965

Status: 12 new ambulances in use.


Crews use these custom laptops to navigate to emergencies and input patient care reports.

Spent: $377,764

Status: 55 toughbooks purchased.

Utility and staff vehicles

Utility vehicles enable district captains and division chiefs to respond to emergencies and travel around the county. Staff vehicles are used by fire inspectors and others to conduct business around the county. 

Spent: $345,492

Status: Six new vehicles delivered and on the road.

Heavy hazmat/tech rescue

Both special operations teams (hazmat and technical rescue) use these units to bring specialty equipment to high hazard/special hazard scenes. Crews also use these units at structure fires for additional staffing and air monitoring to improve safety for personnel on scene.

Cost: $1,095,000  Fiscal year: 2017-2019

Total: 2.

Status: Upcoming

Renovations for housing ambulance crews

This project involves renovating Fire Rescue's logistics building to house ambulance crews on the high performance rescue that runs emergency medical calls out of this location.

Cost: $115,000  Fiscal year: 2017-2018

Total: 1.

Status: Upcoming

Marion County Board of County Commissioners
601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala, FL 34471


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