This facility trains approximately 1500 individuals each year and has a staff of 100 part time instructors, 5 full time staff and 4 part time office assistants. Types of training performed at the facility include Minimum Standards, Driver-Operator, Aerial Apparatus, Entrance exams, all FLUSAR classes, LFTI/LFAT, Promotional Testing, and In-Service Training. This facility has used aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) which was applied onto the ground and impervious surfaces. Spent fire-fighting water placed on impervious surfaces flows into a retention area that is connected to a storm drain. No AFFF is stored on-site and the facility’s drinking water is supplied by a municipal system.
A preliminary site assessment was conducted November 7, 2019. Groundwater, soil, sediment and surface water samples were collected. Analytical results were received December 3, 2019, indicating groundwater and soil concentrations of perfluorooctanoate acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) exceeding provisional cleanup target levels.
DEP advised the Florida Department of Health of these results and directed them to develop and implement a community sampling plan. DEP will continue to work with the City to develop a cleanup plan to remove or contain the contamination to prevent environmental impact and human exposure.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.