Seminole Co. firefighter terminated following arrest on battery, assault charges


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A Seminole County firefighter, arrested on charges he beat up his girlfriend, was fired from the department Thursday.

Dean Erlandson, 24, was let go following his arrest over the weekend on domestic battery, aggravated assault and kidnapping charges.

Winter Springs police said they arrested him after he threatened to kill his girlfriend with a knife and gun.

According to reports, he got mad over text messages he found between her and a male friend.

A neighbor called 911 saying he opened the door and saw Erlandson standing over his ex-girlfriend, who was on the ground whimpering.

Digging through Erlandson's personnel file, WFTV found out he was also arrested in 2010 for battery, but he didn't tell the fire department.

In August 2012, Orlando Police arrested Erlandson again for allegedly fighting with a man in a downtown parking garage.

According to his personnel file, he never told the department that charges in that case were upgraded to felonies in September.

WFTV reporter Ryan Hughes found out Erlandson was also written up for leaving an ambulance in drive in a Winn-Dixie parking lot in 2011. The ambulance rolled into another car.

Erlandson was with the department for about five years. He made roughly $36,000 per year.