Disney World’s fire department undergoes rebranding

May 1, 2024

Rebranding of Disney World’s fire department approved

Disney World’s fire department has a new identity following a rebranding initiative approved by Governor Ron DeSantis’ tourism oversight district.

The district’s board ratified the change from the former Reedy Creek Fire Department to the new District Fire Department.

This change includes a fresh logo that was first unveiled in January and has now received formal board approval.

Details of the rebranding initiative

Charbel Barakat, the acting board chairman, expressed his approval of the new branding: “It’s a wonderful new name and logo,” he said.

The renaming marks a significant shift as the fire department was among the last components of the old special district to undergo such a change.

This follows last year’s legislative actions which transitioned the Reedy Creek Improvement District to the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, a move spearheaded by Governor DeSantis.

Background and administrative changes at Disney’s oversight district

The special district, established in 1967, encompasses a 39-square-mile area providing fire safety, road maintenance, and other essential services to Disney World and its surrounding properties.

Historically, Disney had considerable control over the district by electing its board members.

However, changes last year altered this dynamic, granting the governor the authority to appoint these members.

In related developments, the board welcomed Stephanie Kopelousos as the new administrator.

Previously involved in DeSantis’ legislative team and presidential campaign, Kopelousos replaces Glen Gilzean, who is transitioning to an interim role as Orange County’s supervisor of elections.

Meanwhile, Martin Garcia stepped down as board chairman, with Craig Mateer, appointed by DeSantis, joining the board in a yet-to-be-determined leadership role.

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