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Apopka Professional Firefighters Association endorsing Velazquez, Nesta in City Commission elections

The APFA, which represents 86 firefighters, engineers, and district chiefs at the Apopka Fire Department, will release the following statement regarding their endorsements.
Wylam named director of Central Florida Fire Chiefs Association
Apopka Fire Chief Sean Wylam was named the Central Florida Fire Chiefs Association District 1 Director representing Orange County.
Apopka Voice readers: Add staff to fire engines
How many firefighters should staff a fire engine? It's a debate the Apopka City Council had during the budget workshops and hearings, but for The Apopka Voice readers, it was no contest.
Part Seven: City Council debates funding for the Apopka Fire Department
It was an eventful year for the Apopka Fire Department. Not only did they receive funding to move forward with Fire Station #6, but they also voted to unionize, and were one of the primary issues at the City Council budget workshops.

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Rejoice! Apopka Christmas Parade propels community into the holiday season
The 45th Annual Apopka Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Foliage Sertoma Club of Apopka, brought back a sense of normalcy to the community with over 70 entrants taking the traditional parade route down Park Avenue.
Apopka firefighters union endorses Becker in mayoral election
The Apopka Professional Firefighters Association (APFA) has endorsed City Commissioner Kyle Becker in his campaign to become Apopka Mayor in the 2022 election.
Former Apopka Fire Chief Carnesale clarifies his position on AFD two-person "squads"
Editor's Note: Chuck Carnesale, the former Apopka Fire Chief from 2016-2019, sent The Apopka Voice a letter to the editor clarifying his opinion on the two-person squad trucks used by the AFD during …
Apopka firefighters union responds to Mayor Nelson's remarks about two-person squads
Editor's Note: After reading Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson's remarks in The Apopka Voice about the Apopka Fire Department, its two-person staffing fire of apparatus, two-person squads, and the motives of …
Nelson pushes back on criticism of Apopka Fire Department "squads"
By Reggie Connell, Managing Editor During a recent interview with The Apopka Voice, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson discussed a range of subjects, but none more strongly than the Apopka Fire Department. In …
Breast cancer surgeon: "Early detection saves lives"; Apopka Fire Dept. now selling t-shirts to support breast cancer awareness
Women in need of screening who are uninsured or underinsured can schedule a mammogram with AdventHealth at a reduced cost of $30 From AdventHealth and Apopka Fire Department October is always a …
The Apopka Voice Survey: How do other cities staff their fire engines?
By Reggie Connell, Managing Editor A fire department is a major component of a city's public safety model. It's also one of the largest items on a municipal budget. In Apopka, members of the city …
Apopka firefighters go 'Tunnel to Towers' in honor of fallen 9/11 FDNY first responder
From Staff Reports For everything, there is a season... The Apopka Voice is in the middle of a series of articles about the Apopka Fire Department's budget, staffing fire engines, and ISO ratings. …
How many firefighters should staff a fire engine? A scientific study may have the answer
By Reggie Connell, Managing Editor How many firefighters does it take to staff a fire engine? It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but in Apopka, it was perhaps the most contentious …
ISO-1: An impressive ranking, but not the whole story in measuring a fire department
By Reggie Connell, Managing Editor Editor's Note - The Apopka Fire Department and its budget played a key role in the FY2021-22 budget workshops, and again during the vote to approve the …
Never Forget: Apopka honors the 9/11 heroes 20 years later
From Crystal Jacome, Interning Correspondent, and Staff Reports On Saturday, September 11th, 2021, the Apopka community paid tribute to the heroes of September 11th, 2001. Hundreds of residents …
A 20-year anniversary ceremony, 5k run, concert, and prayer highlight remembrance of 9/11 in Apopka
From Staff Reports It was 20 years ago tomorrow, on September 11th, that two commercial airliners slammed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center. Police officers, firefighters, and …
A 20-year anniversary ceremony, 5k run, concert, and prayer highlight remembrance of 9/11 in Apopka
From Staff Reports It was almost 20 years ago, on September 11th, that two commercial airliners slammed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center. Police officers, firefighters, and …
Should the Apopka Fire Department transition to 3-person engines?
Apopka Budget 2021 By Mickenzie Hannon, Interning Correspondent with The Apopka Voice The first engine arrives, and two firefighters immediately jump off the fire truck and into action. One …
2021 Apopka City Council Budget Workshops: In case you missed it
From Staff Reports and The Apopka Voice's Interning Correspondents The 2021 Apopka City Council Budget Workshops provided a lot of insight into the FY-2022 budget, and into the future of Apopka. …