Lake County’s Special Response Operations Team (SORT) members competed for the first time at the 6th annual Hazardous Materials Symposium in Daytona Beach recently. The team finished in 2nd place during a scenario based hazardous materials exercise against 12 other teams throughout the state of Florida.
The team was tasked with completing 12 different stations, and was evaluated based on their ability to detect, sample, screen and control hazardous materials. The team members, led by Battalion Chief Robbie Fickett, were Lt. Jason Graham, Lt. Andy Boris, Firefighter/ Paramedic Nick Lewis, and Firefighter/EMT Jeff Lord.
“Since SORT was formed in 2004, we have built up the team up through intense training and necessary, modern equipment,” said Lake County Fire Rescue Chief Jim Dickerson. “We now have three Special Operations Squads who are called upon to respond to HAZMAT and light technical rescue scenes both within and outside of Lake County, when needed. I am very proud of this team and all of LCFR SORT members.”
The career firefighters of Lake County Fire Rescue protect county residents and visitors in an area covering approximately 1,200 square miles, with nearly 70,000 residences and up to 2,000 commercial properties. For up-to-date news on Lake County Fire Rescue, visit, www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue, or www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO.