Marion County Fire-Rescue (MCFR) is a progressive, professional fire-rescue department dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of our community, providing excellent service, education and prevention in partnership with the citizens of Marion County. MCFR serves more than 200,000 citizens and provides 24-hour advanced life support emergency care, responding to more than 90 emergencies a day and covering 1,600 square miles. MCFR’s 125 volunteer firefighters dedicate their spare time to helping and supporting our 246 career firefighters, who are dual-certified as emergency medical technicians or paramedics. Many firefighters also have additional training in hazardous materials identification and mitigation and technical rescue. In 2001, Marion County Commissioners adopted a 10-year staffing plan to accommodate explosive growth and equalize fire-rescue services countywide, enabling fire officials to hire 250 additional firefighters, build two new fire stations, relocate two existing stations and renovate six volunteer stations. By 2011, MCFR will employ more than 400 career firefighters.