Osceola County Fire Service Gets New Chief
Beleaguered fire service gets new chief
Compiled from staff reports
Posted December 17, 2002
KISSIMMEE -- Osceola County officials named a new fire chief Monday to succeed Don Adams, who resigned earlier this year in the wake of the deaths of two firefighters in a training accident.
Frank Montes de Oca Jr., a former Orange County emergency medical services chief and former Springfield, Ohio, fire chief, will start in Osceola on Jan. 13. He will make $80,000 a year and will receive a county vehicle. He has been working most recently as a consultant in fire-rescue services and as a senior trainer with Lynx.
During his 25 years in Orange County, Montes de Oca helped that Fire Department move from a volunteer force to a paid department with volunteers serving as backup. Last year, after reports of questionable behavior and improper use of taxpayer funding by volunteers, Osceola County moved its volunteers under the umbrella of the paid department. The department is still struggling with those changes.
"He brings a host of qualities and experiences we need to move us on," said Tad Stone, administrator of public services for the county.
Montes de Oca replaces Adams, who resigned in October but is officially chief until Dec. 27, when his vacation time runs out. Adams denied his resignation was connected to strife in the department or the training exercise July 30 that killed fire Lt. John Mickel and rookie firefighter Dallas Begg.
A state fire marshal's report last month on the deaths found that a series of blunders contributed to the tragedy.
What Are These People Smoking?......
Stan, What is wrong with these idiots?? You seem to be close to this area and able to pick up on things, please keep us posted. (this is not Stan's dept.) No water?? Hire some people! Quick! What are we doing with the people?? Forming a human wall so the citizens can't see the building burning??? If water is that big a problem, buy TANKERS! (They haul water, don't they?) The problem doesn't seem to be with the Fire Department IT IS WITH THE STUPID MANAGEMENT. NOT FD MANAGEMENT, COUNTY GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT(or lack thereof) If the Mr. Stone who was mentioned in the press accounts happens to read this - Please do something decent for America's Fire and Rescue services. QUIT! Everyone else out there - Merry Christmas. Stay Safe....