ORLANDO, Fla (WOFL FOX 35) - The Orlando Fire Department and its firefighters are in the national spotlight after being named one of the best fire departments in the country.
50,000 fire stations across the country are evaluated and ranked every year. The Orlando Fire Department is in the top point-3 percent of being one of the best.
"It's just an indication on what we do on a regular basis," said Orlando Fire Chief Roderick Williams. "It's a great feeling to be recognized for our accomplishment and our work ethic."
According to a national organization called Insurance Services Office, or ISO, OFD had to excel in several areas: emergency communication, overall department like up-to-date equipment, training, quick response, water-supply system, and more.
"Every agency is committed I would say is committed to provide the service but we've always exceeded and our own expectations but we only measure ourselves against ourselves and the national standards," Williams said.
The fire chief says on average they respond to fire calls within 6 minutes. Take the 3-alarm fire last month for example. Nearly 60 people were displaced at the Regency Gardens Apartments. No one was hurt in the fire and firefighters got there in less than 6 minutes.
"It's about serving the community so for us we take pride in working together and teamwork," Roderick explained.
That teamwork and hard work has kept Orlando Fire at its number 1 rating with the ISO for the past 8 years.
Orlando Fire Chief Roderick Williams and District Chief Ed Griffin with Orlando Fire were both on Good Day Orlando Tuesday morning to discuss the high honor.