On The Job: FLORIDA

The city of Ocala is 80 miles north of Orlando, in north-central Florida. Ocala is situated so that many highways transect through the city, including U.S. Routes 27, 301 and 441 and Interstate 75. Ocala Fire Rescue is one of the oldest fire...


The city of Ocala is 80 miles north of Orlando, in north-central Florida. Ocala is situated so that many highways transect through the city, including U.S. Routes 27, 301 and 441 and Interstate 75. Ocala Fire Rescue is one of the oldest fire departments in the state, serving its citizens since...


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BRIAN STOOTHOFF is a battalion chief and 28-year veteran of Ocala Fire Rescue. He is currently assigned as a public information officer for the department. Stoothoff holds college degrees in business administration, EMS and fire science. WALLY BRINKMAN is a battalion chief and 21-year veteran of Ocala Fire Rescue. He is assigned as the A Shift Battalion 22 commander. Brinkman holds college degrees in business administration, fire science, EMS and nursing.