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Contact: Chief Ralph Franklin Public Safety Director (863)763-5544 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE Okeechobee County Fire Chief Ralph Franklin and City of Okeechobee Fire Chief Herb Smith announced today that effective immediately the County Wide Burn Ban for Okeechobee County has been lifted. The burn ban was originally put in place in...

Contact: Chief Ralph Franklin Public Safety Director (863)763-5544 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE SUBJECT: Okeechobee County Announces Burn Ban    Okeechobee County Public Safety Director/Fire Chief, Ralph Franklin announced today that a county wide burn ban will take effect immediately. In response to the dry conditions, both Okeechobee County and the City of...

Contact: Chief Ralph Franklin Public Safety Director (863)763-5544 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE   County Fire Chief Ralph Franklin is urging all residents to use extreme caution when burning outdoors. Okeechobee County Fire Rescue has responded to 26 grass or brush fires since January 1, 2017.  That is up from three incidents...

Contact: Chief Ralph Franklin Public Safety Director (863)763-5544 Okeechobee County Fire Chief Ralph Franklin is urging residents to remove the hurricane shutter materials they installed for Hurricane Matthew from their homes. Many residents during the recent threat of Hurricane Matthew installed various types of coverings over their windows to protect...

Contact: Chief Ralph Franklin Public Safety Director (863)763-5544 On March 22, 2016, The State of Florida Department of Health Emergency Medical Service performed a surprise inspection of Okeechobee County Fire Rescue. These inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with the various rules and regulation required of an EMS provider. The...

Contact: Chief Ralph Franklin Public Safety Director (863)763-5544 At 10:44 AM on February 27, 2016, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue responded to a reported residential fire alarm at 3144 NW 3rd Street in Dewberry Gardens. The first units to arrive found no visible signs of fire from the exterior of...

Contact: Chief Ralph Franklin Public Safety Director (863)763-5544 At 11: 24 PM on February 20, 2016, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire at 3595 SW 21st St in Oak Park. Initial reports indicated that there were possibly two people trapped in the house. Upon arrival, units...

Contact: Chief Ralph Franklin Public Safety Director (863)763-5544 At 1925 hours on January 24, 2016, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire at 1090 SW 13th Ave. Upon arrival, firefighters found the northwest corner of the residence heavily involved in fire. As a result of the...