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Winter Park-Maitland Observer
Honoring Friends of First Response-Maitland

Submission Date:  Feb. 25, 2014

Monday evening at the City Council meeting the Maitland Police and Fire Rescue Departments presented Vice Mayor Linda Frosch and Dr. Mark Round, president of the Friends of First Response-Maitland, with an award of appreciation for their dedication and support toward the two departments.  Vice Mayor Frosch and Dr. Round are the co-founders of a non-profit organization, Friends of First Response - Maitland.  The organization was created in 2008 after a visit by Vice Mayor Frosch to a Maitland fire station.  During her visit she noticed a wish list of items that the firefighters were in need of around the station.  Due to tight budgets from the economic downturn most of these items were unable to be purchased through the department’s budgetary process.  

The Friends of First Response has donated numerous items including dress uniforms for all firefighters, pots and pans, Bulldogg Tuff chairs, a beautiful September 11 memorial painting in the foyer of new Station 45, an EMS transport event cart, and patio furniture for the Police Department.  In addition to these donated items, the organization sponsored a one day lecture on active shooter training presented by nationally recognized speaker William Long for the Maitland Police and Fire Departments.   

The Friends of First Response-Maitland raises money through corporate and private donations as well as through their annual kickball tournament.  The tournament is held each spring and brings teams throughout Maitland and Winter Park to compete for a trophy.

Fire Chief Kimberly Neisler commented, “We are so fortunate in the City of Maitland to have the support of our residents and the Friends of First Response.  The efforts of this group have enhanced pride in our department.  Without community support the growth and stability of the Fire Department would suffer.  With support of the Maitland Friends of First Response and the community, we are destined to remain a highly productive and functional group.”


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