A room full of angry residents didn’t deter Fruitland Park Commissioners from voting 3-2 to disband the city’s fire department. The service was to be outsourced at a cost of $175 per household. However, Lake County’s commissioners stepped in and approved a plan to consolidate the fire services for the part of Fruitland Park not in The Villages. On Oct. 1, a lieutenant and a firefighter paramedic began working at station 56 in Fruitland Park from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Another firefighter was added to station 53 from 6-8 p.m. to cover calls at night. Round-the-clock service at Fruitland Park station 56 will begin on Oct. 1 this year.