Chief Morgan presented plaques on behalf of the Lake-Sumter Fire Chiefs’ Association to honor their respective Communications Center staff during the week of April 13-19, 2014. This is the time frame designated by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International as National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week when communication centers around the United States recognize the invaluable contributions that EMS, police and fire telecommunicators and dispatchers make by being the first responders to emergency calls from citizens.
Clermont Fire Chief Carle Bishop, one of Central Florida’s longest serving firefighters and fire chiefs, was recently installed as the Lake County representative and board member of the Central Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association.
Bishop became a firefighter for the Clermont Fire Department in 1971, the same year that the country’s voting age was lowered to 18 and Walt Disney World opened in Orlando. Bishop was following in his father’s shoes and often was the lone firefighter responding to fires. Just three years later, he was named assistant chief. He has held a chief officer position in the Clermont Fire Department for 40 years.