Reedy Creek Fire Department Reveals New Name One Year After Governor DeSantis Takeover

Shannen Ace

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Reedy Creek Fire Department Reveals New Name One Year After Governor DeSantis Takeover

Almost a year after the Reedy Creek Improvement District was renamed the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District and Governor DeSantis appointed his own Board of Supervisors, the Reedy Creek Fire Department has revealed a new name: the District Fire Department.

Megan Mellado with WESH shared a photo from the unveiling ceremony on Thursday morning. A new District Fire Department logo is similar to previous logos used by the department but with the tree from the CFTOD logo in the center and “District F. D.” on the border.

District Fire Department
Source: Megan Mellado, WESH

The fire department serves the Walt Disney World Resort area.

The fire department supported DeSantis’ takeover of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, citing issues with the former board regarding a new employment contract. After initially reaching an agreement with the new District Administrator regarding the contract, District Administrator Glen Gilzean suddenly reopened negotiations, which fire department union president Jon Shirey blamed on members who shared the contract on social media. An agreement was ultimately reached in July 2023.

The firefighters later disagreed with the District removing Walt Disney World Annual Passholder benefits for their employees, calling it a “low blow.”

After two decades with the Reedy Creek Fire Department, Chief Richard LePere announced his retirement last summer.

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