ALACHUA COUNTY ‒ The residents of Micanopy are seeing their fire services move from the Town of Micanopy to Alachua County as the town’s services have transitioned to Alachua County's Fire Rescue Department (ACFR). Ongoing Issues such as staffing, equipment and insurance led in part to the decision to move operational control to Alachua County.
The transition, which came at the request of Micanopy officials, took place on Sunday, Oct. 1. According to County officials, that transition will dramatically strengthen fire and rescue services in this area.
Last May, Alachua County and The Town of Micanopy entered into an Interlocal Agreement to transition these services. The new service protects residents and property in an over 25 square mile area.
With a dedicated three-person crew operating an Advanced Life Support Engine, “Station 64,” ACFR's 16th station, will provide 24/7 coverage year-round. This new station will meet or exceed the standards recognized by the Insurance Service Office (ISO), which will benefit property owners' insurance rates.
“This is a major step forward in providing critical emergency services to residents of the Town of Micanopy and the surrounding unincorporated area," said Alachua County Fire Rescue Chief Harold Theus. "I am grateful for the cooperation of all of the elected officials and for their support and commitment to public safety."
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