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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. 

Cost: $2,513,643  Fiscal year: 2017-2019  Total: 1 station

Status: Construction phase

Brush/grass trucks

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


Cost: $716,453  Fiscal year: 2016-2021  

Total: 7 (three new trucks in first year and two new trucks in each of the final two years). The original plan called for 11 trucks; this is a change per Fire Rescue's recommendation.


Status: 3 new trucks are delivered and now based out of stations 1, 4 and 21 (December 2017)

Fire engines

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

Cost: $6,634,008  Fiscal year: 2017-2021  

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.

Cost: $783,000  Fiscal year: 2018-2019 

Total: 1

Fire Rescue's recommended changes to the truck's specifications caused a reduction in the originally-estimated cost of $1.03 million.

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.


Cost: $2,396,407  Fiscal year: 2017-2018 

Total: 300


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.  

Cost: $395,316  Fiscal year: 2016-2021

Total: 3

Fire Rescue's recommended changes to the trucks' specifications caused an increase in the originally-estimated cost of $292,897.

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. 

Cost: $6,699,965*  Fiscal year: 2016-2021

Total: 30 (six per year)

Status: 12 new ambulances in use. *Cost-savings realized on this project.


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

Cost: $381,222  Fiscal year: 2016-2018

Total: 85 The original plan called for 81; Fire Rescue recommended purchasing four more (no increase in budget).

Status: 55 Toughbooks purchased.

Utility vehicles

Utility vehicles enable district captains and division chiefs to respond to emergencies and travel around the county.  

Cost: $556,357.61  Fiscal year: 2016-2021

Total: 12 (two or three new vehicles per year). The original plan called for 14; this change, recommended by Fire Rescue, reduces the number by two.

Status: Five new vehicles delivered and on the road (December 2017)

Staff vehicles

These vehicles are used by staff such as fire inspectors and others to conduct business around the county. 

Cost: $90,474  Fiscal year: 2017-2020

Total: 3. The original plan called for two; this change, recommended by Fire Rescue, increases the number of staff vehicles by one.

Status: Two new vehicles on the road (December 2017)

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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