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Fire district swears in new commissioner

March 7, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District swore in new Commissioner William Liedtke last Tuesday.

Liedtke will assume the open District 3 seat formerly filled by Robert John Anderson. He was the first runner up during the original vote for the District 3 seat against Anderson back in November 2016.

Fire Chief Robert DiLallo also swore in and welcomed the district's new fire inspector, Fred Cooley.

"We are happy to have him at our district. He will be a great asset to us and brings years of experience in the field," said DiLallo.

A post storm damage update was also discussed during the district's meeting.

According to DiLallo, the leaked water damages at the two damaged fire stations are being addressed. They are now waiting on estimates for roof repairs at both locations.

"Our insurance has paid what they felt was necessary and we are looking at options for roofing companies. For now, stations 101 and 102 have trailers on site and are up and going with no service delays," said DiLallo.

The fire district is gearing up for what looks to be a busy fire season with the addition of crash truck and gear.

"We acquired the truck for the upcoming season and should get our new combo bunker gear in soon as well," DiLallo said.

According to Deputy Chief Rudy Naranjo, there were five structure fires and 17 bush and grass fires reported since January 2018.

While most of the fires seem to be unintentional, individuals were found responsible and cited in a few cases.

Fire Marshall Ken Bennett commented on the current conditions report given by the Department of Forestry. According the report the present weather conditions during this year's fire season could mirror that of 2007.

In 2007, Lehigh Acres was ravaged with forest and house fires. Three children who were charged in connection with one of the brush fires that burned 2000 acres and destroyed 15 homes.

"People need to be responsible and very careful. Think about safety, safety safety," warned Commissioner Linda Carter.

During the meeting, Deputy Chief Naranjo also took the time to present Fire Chief Robert DiLallo with the "Fully Involved Fire Chief of the Year" 2017 Award, given by the Lee County's Fire Chief Association.

"This is huge honor for the district and the first time in history that a Lehigh Chief has received this award. We want to thank Chief DiLallo for his commitment in providing a superior emergency service and working to improve the quality of service delivered to local citizens," said Naranjo.

Other items on the agenda included approval on giving DiLallo authorization to look for options on the possible sale or trade of a district-owned property residing at 1012 Anderson Street. E.

"We are looking over various properties throughout Lehigh for a new station. A current property that was donated to the district some years back just isn't a suitable location for a station. I would like to look at other options for the property such as trading or selling it," DiLallo said.

Liedtke motioned to accept the request.

"I think we should let him go out and possibly negotiate with a builder for an alternate use of the property," said Liedtke.

The board unanimously approved the motion.

The fire district announced that it will host a tent during the upcoming Spring Festival held at Veterans Park, March 9 -17th.

The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District will hold its next regular meeting on March 27 at 5 p.m. Meetings are held at fire station 104 at 3102 16th Street SW.



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