Indian River State College Fire Academy is located at:
4600 Kirby Loop Road Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, FL 34981
This facility is used for firefighting training programs. During summers, the facility is closed Fridays and Saturdays. The facility is served by a municipal water supply system that provides its drinking water. There are no wells on-site. There are two retention ponds.
DEP conducted a site reconnaissance May 6, 2019. A preliminary site assessment was conducted on June 5, 2019. Based on the results of this sample event, on-site groundwater and soil contamination by perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) were detected above provisional cleanup target levels.
DEP has advised the Florida Department of Health (DOH) of these results and directed them to develop and implement a community sampling plan. One supply well in proximity to the Academy shows impact by PFOA/PFOS above the Health Advisory Level. DOH efforts are ongoing.
DEP continues to work and assess the extent the contamination and oversee the development of a cleanup plan to remove or contain the contamination to prevent environmental impact and human exposure.
DEP’s Water Supply Restoration Program is providing bottled water to all interested affected private well owners whose test results exceeded the established EPA Health Advisory Level. This voluntary program also provides funding for a filter, well restoration or connection to public water system as necessary to ensure a safe drinking water supply. This bottled water supply will remain available until one of these options is in place.
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.