Former Villages fire marshal to provide Fruitland Park’s fire inspection services

Daniel Hickey

Fruitland Park commissioners approved an agreement Thursday night with a longtime local firefighter to provide fire inspection services for the city.

The agreement calls for Fire Prevention and Inspections LLC to provide a certified fire inspector to review plans, perform annual fire inspections, attend technical review committee meetings and be available for special call outs. The company is owned by Fruitland Park resident Daniel Hickey and his wife, Jocelyn, both of whom are listed as managers. Daniel Hickey served close to 20 years as a firefighter and fire marshal with The Villages Public Safety Department before starting his new company.

The proposal submitted by Hickey calls for annual fire inspections to begin in March of each year and continue until they are completed. A minimum of six full days each week will be dedicated to the annual inspections. And they will be completed by Aug. 1, the proposal states.

The company also promises that “all efforts will be made” to have a representative at the city’s monthly technical review committee meetings. And a representative will be available to respond to requests from building officials, the city manager, the community development director, and the police or fire chief.

The contract calls for the company to be paid $50 an hour for its services, with the price climbing to $200 per hour after regular business hours and on weekends. Hickey also is required to provide an employee uniform, a vehicle and an umbrella insurance policy of $1 million.