Okeechobee commissioners on fire department merger: ‘We didn’t ask for this’ County officials say city never asked them to put referendum on ballot

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County commissioners Thursday expressed their concerns about the misinformation and hateful statements circulating in social media discussion about the proposed fire services contract with the City of Okeechobee. “I want to clear the air on a few things,” said County Administrator Robbie Chartier. “I feel the county’s fire department has taken a […]

Okeechobee City council moves forward with contract for county to provide fire service in the city

OKEECHOBEE — Despite assurances to the contrary, it appears the Okeechobee City Council has made a decision regarding the fate of the city fire department. Back in February, the council assured the city fire department that their intention in asking the county for a contract did not mean they had made a decision. At the […]

Fire captain proposes plan to save city fire department

OKEECHOBEE — A plan was proposed at the Okeechobee City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21, to save the city fire department. Capt. Lalo Rodriguez, a city fire department employee, introduced his plan as an alternative to what the council has been discussing, which they have been calling a merger of the city and county fire […]

Okeechobee County Fire Rescue has a busy weekend

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Fire Rescue was kept busy over the Veterans Day weekend beginning with a structure fire on Friday, Nov. 8, at approximately 10 p.m. in the 7700 block of Northwest 81st Court. The home was fully involved and a vehicle in the yard was being threatened nwhen firefighters arrived on the scene. […]

City, county discuss fire protection

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council and Okeechobee County commissioners sat down together along with Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Chief Ralph Franklin on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to discuss the possibility of merging the two fire departments. Prior to the meeting, Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs made it clear the commissioners were there to listen. He said […]

Workshop to consider fire merger

OKEECHOBEE — Should the city and county fire departments merge? A joint workshop meeting of the Okeechobee City Council and the Okeechobee County Commission is planned for Nov. 12, 6 p.m. in commission board room of the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. The agenda proposed by the city includes: • Feasibility of county providing fire service; […]