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Ocala, FL - A lawn mower fire, reported on the morning of July 13th at NE 46th Rd., claimed a significant portion of a home and left the owner with minor burns. Eight Ocala Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the 1500 block of NE 46th Rd. at 11:05 A.M.

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Structure Fire Strikes Poultry House in Opp

Opp, AL - Opp Fire was dispatched at 10:44 P.M. on July 3rd to a working fire at Rooster Farms on Cool Springs Road. Engine 7 and Car 1 arrived and reported a well involved 55’x500’ chicken house with exposures endangered. Lines were then stretched for defensive operations. Elba Engines 3 and 4, Babbie Engine 4 and Onycha Brush 4 also responded. No injuries were reported. Mutual Aid departments, Opp Police, Haynes Ambulance 444 and Covington Electric were also on scene.

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The patch of Fort Rucker Fire Department, located in Dale County, AL.

The 1892 Ahrens Steam Fire Engine at its unveiling on October 25, 2017 at Oaklands Mansion.


MFRD Receives Honor for Preservation of 1892 Ahrens Steam Fire Engine Murfreesboro, TN - Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks accepted an award during the opening ceremonies of the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association’s (TFCA) Annual Conference on Monday, July 30th, at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro for the preservation of the department’s 1892 Ahrens steam fire engine. Bill Dundas, President of the Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America, (SPAAMFAA), upon the recommendation of the East Tennessee Fire Historical Society, awarded Murfreesboro Fire Rescue a Certificate of Recognition for their dedication and outstanding achievement for restoring and preserving antique fire apparatus. “We are very proud to receive this esteemed honor,” said Chief Foulks. “We would like to thank the SPAAMFAA for recognizing the hard work and dedication that went into this process.” The 1892 Ahrens steam fire engine was the City of Murfreesboro's first piece of firefighting equipment. After the steam fire engine was taken out of service, it was stored in one of the sheds at Cannonsburgh Village for several years. The Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department wanted to have the historic engine restored for use as an educational tool, but also to be displayed at parades and other community events. Due to its fragile condition, the engine had to be lifted by a crane and transported

JUMP TO FILE #073118109 via a flatbed wrecker to Mid-South Emergency Equipment in Murfreesboro to undergo the restoration process. Many laborious hours were spent welding, restoring and fabricating metals, painting, repairing the pump, wood working, brass polishing, etc. The restored steam fire engine was unveiled to the public at the Oaklands Mansion in Murfreesboro October 25, 2017, along with a brand new 100-foot aerial apparatus. A member of the East Tennessee Fire Historical Society (ETFHS) was shown the Ahrens steam fire engine while attending the Tennessee Fire Chief’s annual conference in Murfreesboro, July 2017, and nominated the City of Murfreesboro fire department for this award. SPAAMFAA is an organization of over twenty-four hundred members and over 50 Chapters organized in 1958 in Syracuse, NY. SPAAMFAA members are located all over the globe, but primarily in the United States. Ownership of an antique piece of fire apparatus is not a requirement of membership. An individual or organizational membership in SPAAMFAA brings you our award winning quarterly publication Enjine! Enjine! plus a subscription to the Silver Trumpet, the inter-chapter newsletter and a copy of the Mem-

bership and Apparatus Roster and one copy of the Sources Guide. SPAAMFAA Archives consists of thousands of photographs, books, and fire service periodicals and materials on the design, manufacturing of fire apparatus, parts lists, repair manuals and fire apparatus blueprints. The collections include information on hand-pulled (manual), horse-drawn (steam) and motorized (gas & diesel) equipment from the smallest details to the complete operating machine. In 2015, the SPAAMFAA Archives collection was moved to a new space in Kansas City, MO shared with the Antique Truck Historical Society (ATHS). The East Tennessee Fire Historical Society (ETFHS) is a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Tennessee. The mission of ETFHS, a chapter of SPAAMFAA, is to stimulate and cultivate interest in the restoration, preservation, and operation of fire apparatus and firefighting equipment associated with the fire service; cultivate interest in the history of the fire service, firefighting, and fire prevention; and to assist and cooperate with organizations dedicated to similar purposes. For additional information on SPAAMFAA visit www.spaamfaa.org, and for information on the East Tennessee Fire Historical Society contact Danny Case at dancase69@hotmail.com. - MFRD

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Unattended Candles Cause House Fire in Knoxville

Knoxville, TN - At approximately 8:40 P.M. on June 28th, units from the Knoxville FD were dispatched to 4816 Ridgedale Rd., off Western Ave., for the report of a house fire. When firefighters arrived they found flames coming through the roof at the rear of the brick basement rancher. First arriving fire crews were diverted from their task of extinguishing the flames by individuals trying to re-enter the burning home to retrieve pets. The homeowner told fire officials that she had left candles burning in an upstairs master bedroom, and believes that may have been the cause of the fire. Two of eight individuals living at the location were home at the time and called 911 to report the fire. No injuries were reported, and the Knoxville FD chaplain was called to assist the displaced family’s needs.





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Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department’s District 1, Engine 10, Ladder 2, and Rescue 2 responded to a house fire located at 2727 Comer Drive just after 12 noon on Thursday, June 28th. According to Acting Battalion Chief Blake Insell, the homeowners said they were in the house when they heard and felt a loud boom. They went outside and that’s when they spotted smoke. They made sure all kids and animals were out of the house and called 9-1-1. Initial crews arrived on scene and saw light smoke exiting the roof. When secondary crews showed up, the smoke got heavier. Crews located the fire in the attic area behind a knee wall. In-

JUMP TO FILE #062918107 sell said it was hard to access, but firefighters did an excellent job extinguishing the flames and containing fire damage to the attic and bonus room area (located above the garage). The lower level of the home received some smoke and water damage, but fortunately was able to be mostly salvaged. Five residents were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. According to Fire Marshal Carl Peas, the fire was the result of a lightning strike. - MFRD

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Early Morning House Fire Displaces Residents in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire Rescue’s District 9, Engine 10 and Rescue 2 responded to a house fire at 1319 Dodd Trail just before 4:00 A.M. on Saturday morning, July 28th. All residents were out of the home and crews began a defensive attack on the flames that were shooting from the back of the house and roof. According to Battalion Chief Daryl Alexander, crews were able to get a quick stop on the fire, but as quickly as the fire spread through the attic, the home will still likely be a total loss. The American Red Cross arrived on scene to offer assistance to the residents; all three were transported by Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services to Saint Thomas Rutherford with possible smoke inhalation. Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Bartlett was called to the scene to conduct a routine investigation.


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West Virginia: Michael Edwards, 46 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: March 24, 2018 Death Date: March 24, 2018 Fire Department: Pratt Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards and Lieutenant Tom Craigo were killed and three other firefighters were injured when, for a cause still under investigation, the apparatus they were in left the narrow roadway and crashed into a rock wall. At the time, the firefighters were responding to a multiple fatality motor vehicle crash on the West Virginia Turnpike. Of the three firefighters injured, Fire Chief Timothy Walker remains in the hospital in critical condition; Firefighter Billy Hypes is in stable condition; and Firefighter Kyle Jenkins was released with minor injuries.

at a private residence in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. Firefighter-Paramedic Garner was treated at the scene by the local EMS and transported to the hospital where he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Wisconsin: Richard L. Garner Jr., 29 Rank: Firefighter-Paramedic Incident Date: April 1, 2018 Death Date: April 1, 2018 Fire Department: Madison Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter-Paramedic Richard L. Garner Jr. completed a 48 hour shift at 0700hrs on April 1, 2018, during which he responded to nineteen emergency calls. Later that day, between the times of 1200hrs and 1300hrs, Garner collapsed

Texas: Bernard Olive, 68 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: April 5, 2018 Death Date: April 5, 2018 Fire Department: Baytown Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Bernard Olive passed away while on duty from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Texas: Larry Marusik, 68 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 10, 2018 Death Date: March 23, 2018 Fire Department: Ellinger Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: The Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management has reported the death of Firefighter Larry Marusik. Firefighter Marusik passed away at the Brooke Army Medical Center on March 23, 2018, from injuries sustained while battling a large grass fire on March 10, 2018.

Minnesota: Timothy Wayne Royce, 58 Rank: Second Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: March 29, 2018 Death Date: March 30, 2018 Fire Department: Mapleton Fire Department Initial Summary: Second Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Wayne Royce died from an apparent heart attack on March 30, 2018, several hours after responding with his fire department to a motor vehicle crash and a medical call, as well as participating in fire department training at the station.

Texas: Caleb Scott, 29 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: April 3, 2018 Death Date: April 3, 2018 Fire Department: North Richland Hills Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter Caleb Scott suffered a reported heart attack while at his fire station on the morning of April 3, 2018. Fellow responders immediately came to his aid at the firehouse before transporting him to Medical City North Hills Hospital, where Firefighter Scott later succumbed to his injury.

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Cats being rescued by fire crews.


Lt. Craig Stroop, TN St. Fire Academy Instructor Kip Luttrell, TN St. Fire Academy Instructor Shawn Roberson, Lt. Rocky Rhoton, Engineer Jason Dyson, FF Thomas Bradford, Lt. Kenneth Pearson, Engineer Daniel Trail, Engineer Zach Smith, FF Marcus Sintic, Engineer Clint Teters, Engineer Josh Nelms, Engineer Davis Sanders, and Engineer Tim Tucker.

Murfreesboro Fire Marshal’s Office Requests Public's Assistance with Tullahoma FD Establishes Elite Rescue Team Tullahoma, TN - The Tullahoma “the training went very well. I am J #073018111 Fireworks Related Arson area is surrounded by numerous very excited about this newly creMurfreesboro, TN Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office requests the public’s assistance in obtaining information related to a string of fireworks-related incidents that occurred Tuesday evening, June 26th, including one case of arson. District 1, Engine 3 and Rescue 8 responded to 365 S. Bilbro around 5:30 P.M. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and immediately went into rescue mode searching for 10 cats, three of which were kittens. Nine of the animals were rescued by the firefighters and one escaped on its own. The Fire Marshal’s Office was called to investigate, and with the help of the homeowners, was able to obtain video evidence of a firework being shot into the home. In the same night, crews responded to two other incidents involving fireworks; one at 450 N State Street which resulted in a small ground-level exterior fire, and the other in the area of Sun Circle. The Sun Circle incident involved a vehicle that fortunately was not damaged. The Fire Marshal’s Office and Murfreesboro Police Department need your help. These incidents are believed to be related. If you have any information regarding any or all of these incidents, please contact MFRD’s Fire Marshals’ Office at 615-849-2605 or Rutherford County Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867) Monday through Friday 8:00 am4:30 pm. Callers will remain

JUMP TO FILE #062918110 anonymous and cash rewards of up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to the arrest of persons of interest. You may also contact the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017 for a cash award of up to $5,000. The Fire Marshal’s Office would also like to remind the public that there are rules and regulations in place for fireworks use and sales inside the city limits of Murfreesboro. In the city limits of Murfreesboro, it is only permissible to use fireworks on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 11:00 P.M. Seasonal sales of fireworks are only permitted from June 28th-July 5th from State-approved retailers. It is unlawful for any person to use any item of fireworks on private property without the consent of the property owner. It is also unlawful for any person to use any item of fireworks on public property, including public streets, unless it is part of an approved public display. The City of Murfreesboro prohibits the selling, use, or possession of any mortar firework with a single tube, if that tube has been preloaded with a shell and the tube or shell has a diameter of one-anda-half inches. Anyone in the city limits is also prohibited from selling, using, or possessing reloadable fireworks and bottle rockets. - MFRD

parks, trails and natural areas. With those attractions comes the need for emergency rescues periodically. Several incidents have occurred recently at the Short Springs Natural Area due to its increased popularity. Twelve Tullahoma City Firefighters and Fire Officers recently attended a Low Angle Rescue Class at the Short Springs Hiking Trail Natural Area. There have been several rescues at this location in the past,


specifically near the waterfalls. This recently established team of elite firefighters gained knowledge in anchoring techniques, raising and lowering mechanical advantage systems, low angle litter rigging, and knots used in rope rescue. They concentrated on rescuing patients from steep grades. According to the instructors,

ated specialized rescue team," said Fire Chief Richard Shasteen. "We have tremendous talent at TFD and I am proud of the participation of everyone working towards this goal.” Tullahoma Fire Department would like to thank the Tennessee St. Fire Academy for providing their time and expertise. - MELISSA ALLEN


Fire Destroys Camaro in Knoxville

Knoxville, TN - Shortly before 1:00 P.M. on July 6th, units from the Knoxville FD responded to 2313 Laurinda Road for the report of a fire. When firefighters arrived they found a mid-1980's model camaro next to the garage of a basement rancher, fully engulfed in flames. The radiant heat from the vehicle had spread and was now burning the vinyl siding. Fire crews quickly deployed hand-lines to extinguish the flames that were quickly spreading into the eaves and attic area. The homeowner reported to fire investigators that he had began restoring the older vehicle when it caught fire. No injuries were reported and the fire appears to be accidental.


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Warner Robins Crews Quickly Control Kitchen Fire on Windsor Drive Warner Robins, GA - Warner Robins Fire Stations 3, 5 and 1 were alerted to the 200 block of Windsor Drive on July 9th for a kitchen on fire. Dispatch began receiving several calls reporting the house fire. E-5 went responding with smoke showing JUMP TO FILE# from their station. 071718122 WRFD Engine 3 arrived and found a residential home with heavy smoke and fire showing, and crews making an aggressive attack. Command staff began arriving along with Engines 5 and 1, Brush 1, Ladder 2, and Houston County EMS. Command requested an additional engine, bringing in City E-7 to assist. LDH was laid down the street and several preconnects were deployed. One firefighter had the deck gun operation set up. All occupants and a pet escaped the fire, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was from excess grease under the stovetop that caught fire after a burner was accidentally left on. Warner Robins Police and the American Red Cross also assisted on scene. - SHANE SHIFFLETT

Warner Robins firefighters encounter heavy fire on arrival.

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The patch of Dalton Fire Department, located in Whitfield County, GA.


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(Back Row, L to R): Kevin Troyer, Daniel Perrin, Gage Echols, David Flowers, Barry Bozeman, Bridgette Fortner, Jami Gibson, Anita Curak-Morgan and John F. Morgan. (Front Row, L to R): Christopher Hartwell, Dale Hill and Matthew Gray.


Paulding County EMA Gains 13 New Volunteers in CERT Program

Robins AFB, GA - Captain Jones stops for a quick picture during recent Search & Rescue training.


Dallas, GA – Recently, the Paulding County Emergency Management Agency held its second Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Course with 13 new members successfully completing the training requirements and application process to hold a position on the team. Training included classroom study and performance exercises in the following topics: disaster preparedness, CERT organization, disaster psychology, light search and rescue, fire safety, terrorism and disaster medical operations. These blocks of instruction were delivered on weekday evenings in May and June at the Paulding County Emergency Operations Center.

JUMP TO FILE #071018104 Graduates of the CERT Basic Training Course include: Barry Bozeman, Gage Echols, David Flowers, Bridgette Fortner, Jami Gibson, Matthew Gray, Christopher Hartwell, Dale Hill, Tony Hylton, Anita Curak-Morgan, John F. Morgan, Daniel Perrin and Kevin Troyer. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security promote the CERT Programs nationally as part of the Presidents Citizen Corps. FEMA supports CERT through grant funding and sponsoring train the trainer and program

manager courses for members of the fire, medical and emergency management community. Paulding County EMA started its CERT Program in 2016 to assist with shelter management operations, search and rescue of missing persons, Skywarn storm spotter participation, and disaster recovery operations such as tornado or flooding events. CERT volunteers also assist with first-aid, information, lost/found property, suspicious activity monitoring and general safety at community events such as parades, festivals and fireworks events.



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Bryan County, GA - Firefighter/EMTB Ian Zieba has been named the BCES “Employee of the Quarter” for the second quarter of 2018. Firefighter/EMTB Ian Zieba was nominated by several BCES members and following are direct quotes from those whom nominated him. “Firefighter/EMTB Ian Zieba is a long-time employee of BCES who has shown invaluable work ethics over his years of service. He has rarely called in or missed shifts other than scheduled vacation time.” “Firefighter/EMTB Ian Zieba has recently completed his EMT certification. He completes any tasks requested and is always happy to help others.” (L to R): Chief/Director Freddy Howell, Firefighter/EMTB Ian Zieba, and Battalion Chief Vicky Hooks.

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Personnel receive 'Employee of the Month' honors, (L to R): Deputy Sean Fortrner, Deputy Ariel Padron, Battalion Chief Michael Kane, Lieutenant David Perez, and Captain Tim Harrigan.

Deputies and Firefighters in Broward County Recognized for Saving Shooting Victim West Park, FL - On the evening of June 22nd, 2018, the City of West Park in Broward County, Florida recognized several members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Law enforcement as well as Fire Rescue for their actions on the day of May 17th, 2018. That evening, a male subject was shot in the chest by an offender after a domestic dispute. When deputies arrived on the scene, they immediately identified the patient’s injury as a life-threatening sucking chest wound. Deputy Ariel Padron immediately stepped in and took invasive action by assessing the patient’s vital signs and applying an occlusive

JUMP TO FILE #070518101 dressing to the man’s chest. After rescue arrived, patient transfer occurred and ALS treatment was performed. The patient was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, a level-1 Trauma Center, where the patient was admitted but fully recovered. For their actions, all personnel involved were recognized as 'Employees of the Month' by the City of West Park and the Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue. Congratulations to all! - MICHAEL KANE

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Hillsborough County Fire Rescue updated its fleet of command vehicles by placing several 2018 Ford F250 extended cab pickups into service. Pictured is Battalion 8 at HQ shortly after delivery.

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Sunrise MVA with Rollover in Cedar Hammock

Cedar Hammock, FL - On July 10th, just as the day began on the busy roads of Cedar Hammock, a report of an MVA with rollover came into dispatch. Units responded to 53rd Ave. and 5th Street west. On arrival they found an SUV off the roadway on its side. The SUV had went through a fence before coming to a stop in the yard of a house only feet away from a children's swing set. The driver and occupants were out of the vehicle sitting on the lawn when crews arrived, all with minor injuries. Firefighters secured the vehicle until it could be towed. Responding units included Battalion 2, Engine 221-222, Medic-11-57, Florida Highway Patrol and the Manatee County Sheriff's Department.


Pasco County Fire Personnel Rescue Trapped Construction Worker in Wesley Chapel Wesley Chapel, FL - At approximately 3:45 P.M. on July 23rd, Pasco County Fire Rescue received a 911 call for a worker trapped in a trench at the corner of Old Pasco Road and Quail Hollow in Wesley Chapel. When Firefighters first arrived, they reported an adult male construction worker trapped in a collapsed trench with water near his chin and rising. Firefighters immediately started rescue efforts by stopping the flow of water from a nearby drainage ditch into the hole by shoveling sand to

JUMP TO FILE #072718105 make a makeshift dam, stopping the water from flowing into the trench. Command was established, and specialized teams from Pasco County Special Operations and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue trench rescue teams were called to assist. Vacuum trucks were also called to the scene to remove the sand and water from the trench. Firefighters shored the side of

the trench to prevent further collapse, and a track hoe that was near the trench was secured, preventing it from falling into the trench. Firefighters used vacuum trucks, shovels, and water to break apart the sand the worker was trapped in, freeing him in approximately two hours and 22 minutes. The conscious and alert patient was transported by medical helicopter to a local area hospital for further evaluation. - PASCO COUNTY FIRE RESCUE

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Early Morning Fire Leaves Dania Beach Home in Ruin Dania Beach, FL - An early morning house fire in Dania Beach left a home in rubble early in the morning of July 25th. The home, located at 719 SW 7th Street, was fully engulfed when Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units arrived on the scene shortly after 2:30 A.M. Flames could be seen illuminating the night sky as firefighters exited the fire station. A passerby reported the fire at the vacant home. It took firefighters 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. There were no injuries reported and the fire was confined to the single-family home. The Florida State Fire Marshal will investigate the cause of the fire.

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City of Bradenton Firefighters Rescue Family’s Pets from House Fire Bradenton, FL - The City of Bradenton FD responded to a house fire late Monday afternoon, July 23rd, with the caller reporting that the bedroom was on fire. On arrival, firefighters found all occupants outside of the house, but multiple family pets were still inside. JUMP TO FILE# As firefighters 072318121 began to knock the fire down and pull ceilings, another crew started the search for the pets. Several pets were rescued from the house and taken to an area set up to give them oxygen. One of the occupants was transported to the hospital, and Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the displaced residents. Manatee County Animal Services also responded to retrieve the animals. - WILLIE CIRONE

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Pasco County Fire Rescue Recognized Internationally for Good Deed A crew of Daytona Beach firefighters recently went to a local daycare and school to show the young children first-hand that there's nothing to be scared of when it comes to firefighters. As many people know, children can be scared when they see a firefighter in full gear. Firefighters spoke to the children about what to do in the event of a fire and how important it is to go to a firefighter when they are trying to help them. One of the firefighters put on their gear in front of the children to let them get an up-close look and touch the gear. The children were also able to see the inside of the fire truck. SASHA STATON

Land O Lakes, FL - PCFR has been humbled at all the kind words and support from the community we love to serve. One random act of kindness, highlighted by Gene and Melissa Work, recently went viral and touched the hearts of millions around the world. PCFR would like to remind everyone that this type of kindness is what the Fire Rescue profession is all about. Every day, First Responders all around the world go above the call

JUMP TO FILE #072718107 of duty to serve the community they love. We are grateful that the work of our PCFR fire family was showcased. On July 8, 2018, Station 10 responded to a medical emergency in the Beacon Woods Subdivision in Hudson, Florida. When firefighters arrived, they reported an adult male in medical distress after lay-

ing sod in his front yard. As paramedics transported the male patient to the hospital, he kept relaying the importance of his sod needing to be placed to meet an HOA deadline. Firefighters returned to the scene to lay the sod for the homeowner. A family member posted photos of the good deed on Facebook and requested a reunion between the crew and the family. - PASCO COUNTY FIRE RESCUE


Shed Fire Extinguished, Home Saved in Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach, FL - About 30 firefighters from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue descended on a Deerfield Beach home for what turned out to be a shed on fire. Firefighters received the call for 1120 SW 8th Ave. at about 3:30 P.M. on the afternoon of July 14th. Heavy black smoke could be seen for blocks as firefighters arrived. The fire was put out in about 15 minutes and no injuries were reported. Due to the swift actions, and rapid attack and extinguishment of the fire, the adjacent home was unburned. The cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated.


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Daytona Beach Firefighters Rescue 10 from Derailed Rollercoaster This tattoo was sent in by Parker Griffith from Georgia. When asked what inspired him to get it, he had this to say: "It was fall of 2008 and I decided to take the challenge of completing the Georgia Smoke Diver program, one of the toughest programs in the nation. There are only about 1,000 people who have completed the program since 1978 when it first started. I trained for a year at 40-years-old and made it. If you go to the website (www.georgiasmokediver.com), you can read all about what it means to accomplish this feat. I got back home and wanted a reminder of the hard work and satisfaction I got from this class, so Midnight Iguana in Athens, Georgia drew the tattoo up and I had it done. The bulldog is "Uga", the official mascot of the University of Georgia Bulldogs. I live near there and I'm a huge dog fan. If you pass the challenge, you get a lifetime number; mine is 696, given to me as I came through the last obstacle. FIDO is a military acronym that stands for 'Forget It, Drive On'. The program is a week of hell, but will change the attitude of a good fireman to one of a great fireman. This class doesn't make a great fireman, it makes a good fireman better."

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Daytona Beach, FL - Shortly after 8:30 P.M. on June 14th, the Daytona Beach Fire Department responded to the “Sandblaster Rollercoaster” located at the Boardwalk in Daytona Beach for a derailment requiring the rescue of 10 riders. When they arrived on scene, they found that two rid- JUMP TO FILE# ers from the front 062018101 car had fallen to the ground, approximately 34-feet. Those victims were determined to be Trauma Alerts and were immediately taken to the hospital. There were two remaining riders in the front car that was completely off the track and dangling front end towards the ground. The middle car, which contained four more riders, was partially derailed while the rear car, which held two more riders, was still on the track. The riders were restrained by seat belts that were secured over their lap; however, firefighters were working as quickly as possible to prevent any further movement of the rollercoaster and its passengers. Between the 15 Daytona Beach firefighters on scene, their quick actions resulted in the safe extrication of the eight riders that were still on the rollercoaster. “We are fortunate that the group of responding firefighters included members from Daytona Beach Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team,” said Daytona Beach Fire Department’s Chief Driscoll. “The Technical Rescue Team trains specifically for these

type of incidents and specializes in high-rise rescue.” Their rescue mission included firefighters creating a pulley system to harness to the dangling riders and hoist them out of the car. They were then safely lowered to the ground. The remaining riders in the middle and rear car were reached by one of DBFD’s aerial

apparatus. Firefighters used the tower truck to get close enough to the cars, pull them into the bucket and guide them down the ladder safely to the ground. Six of the ten riders were transported to the hospital for injuries. - SASHA STATON


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time served as a technical consultant for the T.V. series, Emergency. I’ll let you, the reader, comprehend his impressive bio. These essays are grouped into 12 sections. Such topics are One Man’s Career, Extraordinary People, Fire Service Culture, California Firestorms, When Things Go Wrong, The Ride of My Life, Fire Chiefs, Getting Things Done through People, Ink Fights, Keep The Lawyers Out Of This, Bureaucratic Foibles, and Movies And Television. There are two to four stories in each of these groups, none of which are very long but all very interesting. There is also an epilogue. The only photo (other than two small black and white ones of the author), is of the author at the back bumper of a replica of old Rescue 11, a 1947 Ford panel truck which was formerly a plumber’s truck for sale in Minnesota that he bought and later restored to look like the first rescue truck he was assigned to.


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The Lake County Sheriff's Office recently invited Lake County Fire Rescue personnel to participate in a joint training exercise aimed at preparing first responders to effectively handle active shooter situations and render aid to wounded victims. Deputies trained to provide cover and protection to responding fire rescue personnel as they move to locate and care for the wounded.


Ocala Fire Rescue Receives an Outburst of Community Support at Opening Ceremony for Station No. 7 LAKE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE

Ocala, FL - Nearly 150 people were present on the morning of June 25th at Ocala Fire Rescue’s (OFR) grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for Fire Station No. 7; the department’s first station built in the last 10 years. City Officials, Council members, County Commissioners, and area neighbors gathered at 885 SE 31 St. to celebrate and explore what will be the home of OFR’s Special Operations Team. The ceremony, initiated by Fire Chief Bradd Clark, included an in-

JUMP TO FILE #062618109 vocation by OFR Chaplain Joe LaCognata, posting of the colors by the Honor Guard, and a series of remarks from Mayor Kent Guinn, Councilman Brett Malever, City Manager John Zobler, General Contactor Chap Dinkins, and CEP Representative Joe Reichel. The highlight of the event came in the form of a plaque, naming a friend of Ocala Fire Rescue’s as an honorary

firefighter. “The approach from Dinkins Construction has always been family oriented, which aligns well with the fire service values,” commented Bradd Clark, Ocala Fire Rescue Fire Chief. “When they lost a member of their family it likewise proved difficult for us. As this project came to a close we felt there would be no better way for our family to commemorate this young man’s life than to name him an honorary firefighter.” - OCALA FIRE RESCUE




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Mangled Mess of Steel Sends One Trauma to Broward County Hospital


St. Petersburg Fire Rescue's newest Administration Division Chief, Keith Watts (left).

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Welcomes New Administration Chief St. Petersburg, FL - We are excited to welcome the newest member of our department, Administration Division Chief, Keith Watts! Chief Watts began his fire service career with Orange County Fire Rescue (FL) Department in 1991 while also serving as a Combat Medic in the Florida Army National Guard. Chief Watts has 25 years of administrative, operational, training, and organizational management experience in public safety. Administratively, he has served as assistant to the Public Safety Director, as a co-facilitator for the Strategic Planning Committee, and has also successfully managed the fire accreditation process through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. As part of his ongoing commitment to training and education, Chief Watts has earned several certifications through the National Fire Academy (NFA), and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, MD. He is also trained in Unified Command with Law Enforcement Agencies

Unincorporated, FL - A late morning accident on June 18th sent one patient to the hospital after two vehicles collided in the 400 block of NW 27th Ave. in Unincorporated Broward County, near Ft. Lauderdale. The accident occurred shortly after 8:00 A.M. when a black Nissan Sentra collided with a silver 4-door Subaru. The 32-year-old driver of the Subaru sustained injuries to his head and lower legs and may have lost consciousness after the accident. Due to the extensive damage to the Subaru, the patient had to be extricated using the ‘Jaws of Life’. As a precaution, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue transported the victim as a trauma alert to Broward Health in serious condition. The male driver of the other vehicle was not injured.


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JUMP TO FILE #070218110 and is knowledgeable and proficient with the use of the Incident Command System (ICS), and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Chief Watts Graduated with a Professional Master of Science in Management (PMSM) with a concentration in Human Resources from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Chief Watts also holds a B.A. in General Studies from Columbia College and an A.S. in Fire Science from Valencia College. The Commission on Professional Credentialing has designated Chief Watts as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO). He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the International Association of Emergency Managers. Chief Watts is truly passionate about service to others, and eager to collaborate with others! - LANA STEVANOVIC


Levy County Emergency Management operates a M1078 LMTV cargo truck as a high-water rescue vehicle. Stewart and Stevenson built this vehicle in 1997. It was used by the US Army until being obtained from the Florida Department of Agriculture as part of the Firefighter Property Program that is managed by the Florida Forest Service. The M1078 is a 4x4 vehicle with a 6-cylinder diesel engine and automatic transmission, equipped with a central tire inflation system. It also has fold-down bed sides and a tailgate.


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Vehicle News Pasco County Fire Rescue recently placed the new Squad 1 into service at Station 37 in Land O Lakes, Florida. The custom 2018 E-One was completely designed in-house by the Special Operations Division and the three shifts using the apparatus. This is the first of its kind unit for Pasco County and shows the department's commitment to the community it serves. This

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specialized unit features extrication, hazmat, swift water, and trench rescue equipment. This unit was also featured at FDIC in Indianapolis this year for its design by E-One Fire Apparatus.

Squad 1 was put into service by a formal push-in ceremony on July 16th, led by Fire Chief Scott Cassin.


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eLEND joins Heroes Mortgage Program to offer down payment assistance for heroes

For many Americans, funding the down payment necessary to realize a dream of home ownership simply is not possible; and squirreling away the dollars to do so on a limited budget could mean several years of renting and waiting to buy a house. In some cases, first responders and other community service employees have trouble affording homes in the areas where they work. With a purchase as big as buying a home, a little help can go a long way. The Advantage Program, introduced to the Heroes Mortgage platform by eLEND, helps hometown heroes like police officers, volunteer and paid firefighters, EMS workers, medical professionals and educators purchase a home within the community where they work, even in high-cost areas. The unique down payment assistance program was specifically designed for those who make a difference in other people’s lives, as well as first time home buyers. “The Heroes Mortgage platform helps connect members of the emergency services community with lenders that are specifically interested in working with them,” said Joseph P. Belsito, publisher of 1st Responder Newspaper. “The Advantage Program created by eLEND is exactly what makes the Heroes Mortgage Pro-

“We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform. It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.”

- BILL PACKER Executive Vice President eLEND

gram a valuable resource for heroes in our community looking for home financing.” Grant provides help to homebuyers Many buyers wait patiently on the sidelines, saving money and watching interest rates rise. Unlike many other home buying assistance programs, eLEND’s Advantage Program provides a grant for the down pay-

ment. These resources can immediately build a borrower’s buying power, helping them act on a purchase more quickly for either that first home, or a move-up home as the family has grown and needs more space. Qualified buyers can receive grants up to 2% of the purchase price, minimizing the

down payment dollars needed at closing. The grant is “forgivable” so it doesn’t have to be paid back, and there are no resale or borrower repayment restrictions. In the state of Wisconsin, appraisal cost (up to $700) is credited back at closing. This program is not yet available in Hawaii or Washington. To qualify, a borrower need only meet one of the following very flexible requirements: a current, retired, volunteer or professional first responder (police officer, firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, etc.), educator, medical personnel, civil servant or military personnel, or a first-time homebuyer or meet certain income requirements. “We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform,” said Bill Packer, executive vice president of eLEND, a division of American Financial Resources, Inc. “It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.” For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit www.heroesmortgage.com/AdvantageProgram or call 877-541-HERO.

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Palm Beach Gardens Hosts Annual Fire Explorer Firematics Palm Beach Gardens, FL – On May 5th, Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Explorer Post #705 hosted the Annual Fire Explorer Firematics. There were nine explorer teams competing from four different agencies in five different events. The participating ex- JUMP TO FILE# plorer agencies were 071918100 Martin County, North Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens and St. Lucie County. The events included the hose roll, midnight drill, hose deploy, barrel push and running hose. St. Lucie County took first overall, with Palm Beach Gardens coming in second and North Lauderdale third. This has been the sixth year that Palm Beach Gardens has hosted this annual competition. There is a lot of work preparing for this, not only for the advisors, but also for the future firefighters. The competition promotes camaraderie, teamwork and leadership for these young adults, and a sense of accomplishment for the advisors that share their knowledge with the Explorers. - JOHN MORROW

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BSFR firefighters and US Coast Guard personnel assist the patient to an awaiting ambulance.

Broward Fire Rescue and US Coast Guard Make Rescue at Sea Fort Lauderdale, FL - A passenger aboard a cruise ship became severely on the afternoon of July 21st, requiring a multi-agency response by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and the United States Coast Guard. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units from Port Everglades received a request for assistance by the US Coast Guard at approximately 3:45 P.M. after a 60-year-old male became severely ill while aboard the Carnival Cruise ship ‘Liberty’. The

JUMP TO FILE #072718114 cruise ship, which was scheduled to return to Port Canaveral the next day, was nine miles off the shores of Ft. Lauderdale when the distress call was made. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue paramedics teamed-up with Coast Guard personnel at Port Everglades and rendezvoused with the cruise

ship, carefully removing the ill passenger onto the awaiting Coast Guard vessel. Once aboard the Coast Guard vessel, paramedics began treating the man. The patient was eventually transported to the 15th Street boat ramp in Ft. Lauderdale where a Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue ambulance was waiting, which then took the man to Broward Health for evaluation. - MICHAEL KANE

(Top row, L to R): Andrew Mills (EMT school); Stephen Dunham (attending school in New York); Michelle Babrove (EMT school); Matthew Goldberg (Fire Sciences, Valencia College). (Bottom row, L to R): Alexis Bonadonna (Fire Inspections) and Gabriella DiBenedetto (EMT school). Not pictured: Marina Stronko (Fire Inspections). TAMARAC FIRE RESCUE

Tamarac Fire Rescue Cadets Graduate Tamarac, FL - Seven cadets graduated from the Tamarac Fire Rescue Cadet Program in June. Many of these young men and women joined the program when they were 13-years-old. We’ve had the opportunity to introduce them to the rigors of fire and EMS service, and they have all accepted the challenge with dignity, respect and professionalism. Tamarac Fire Rescue is proud to acknowledge all their hard work and efforts. The Tamarac Fire Rescue Cadet program is open to ages 13 through 18 who are interested in the Fire and EMS fields. The program accepts and trains them from 6th to 12th grade. Program instructors include: Program Director Assistant Chief Jeff Moral, Program Manager Van Schoen, and Program In-

JUMP TO FILE #070318104 structor Paul Kelly. Interested parties can contact the program manager through Tamarac’s website: www.tamarac.org. Are you up for the challenge?! Tamarac Fire Rescue congratulates and wishes these graduates the best in their journey. We look forward to the opportunity to have them here in our stations once they have completed their requirements. (The caption under the graduates' picture lists their names along with their future educational and career plans.) - VAN SCHOEN, FIRE PIO

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Suncoast Fools Present Scholarships to Local Fire Academy Graduates

Sarasota, FL - Suncoast Fools again this year provided scholarships to students attending Manatee, Sarasota and Englewood Fire Academies. The recipients were picked by Academy Officials and attended the Fools' meeting, held at Hometown Heroes Bar and Grill, with an essay on what it means to them to be a Firefighter. Recipients were as follows: Joshua McHale, graduate of Englewood Fire Academy, received the Thomas Brennan Scholarship; Steve Hostetler, graduate of Suncoast Fire Academy, received the Walter "Wally" Allen Scholarship; and Bret Kanapaux, graduate of Suncoast Fire Academy, received the Walter "Wally" Allen Scholarship.

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Ocala Fire Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic, Ashley Andrews.


Ocala Paramedic Earns Critical Care Certificate


St. Petersburg Uses Fire Boat to Rescue Family in Distress St. Petersburg, FL - On June 19th, Fire Boat 11 (FB11) pulled three people out of the water while they attempted to snorkel in a fastmoving water. A grandfather wanted to teach his granddaughter to snorkel in open water, so he put her in the water first but she was taken by the current. The grandfather quickly jumped in to rescue her, but had some issues. The grandmother, who was still on the boat, then jumped into the water to assist the husband and her granddaughter. The grandmother also became overwhelmed by the current, and the boat began to drift away. All of the victims were too far

JUMP TO FILE #071718105 program. “Although [the certificate] was difficult to attain, it was certainly worth it.” During the five-month program, topics ranging from biomechanics of ventilation and ventilator management, to invasive blood pressure monitoring and neonatal care, were covered through didactic and hands-on sessions. Despite requiring that pro-

gram participants be experienced paramedics, the volume of material covered tests each student’s desire to obtain the CCP certification. Only those who learn the material as second nature successfully complete the program. Andrews is the fourth department member to earn the Critical Care Paramedic Certification. Other Ocala Fire Rescue CCP’s include Jesse Blaire, Tim Carver and Robert Moore. - OCALA FIRE RESCUE

JUMP TO FILE #070318103 from the boat to make it back by the time everyone was together. The water victims found themselves clinging to piling under a bridge that was nearby. Thankfully, they were all wearing life vests and got the attention of some bystanders that were fishing by blowing their whistle. The bystanders then alerted 911. The grandfather was taken to a nearby hospital where he was evaluated overnight. - LT. STEVEN LAWRENCE

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Ocala, FL - After months of seemingly endless practical and theoretical sessions, Ashley Andrews, Ocala Fire Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic, has become a certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP). Seeking a challenge and further knowledge of the field, Andrews, a 10-year department veteran, enrolled in the University of Florida’s Critical Care Paramedic program. “I have never been more academically challenged,” said Andrews of the immersive



Work Truck Fire in Bradford County

Bradford County, FL - Bradford County dispatchers received a 9-1-1 phone call on June 21st, informing them of a vehicle on fire at the Kangaroo gas station at the intersection of State Road 16 and County Road 225. Responding firefighters found a 2001 Chevy work truck that was fully involved. A quick response by several firefighters managed to save all of the contents of the work truck. There was no personnel injured during the incident and no damage reported to the gas station or any other vehicles that had been parked at the gas station during the incident. The scene was left with the Bradford County Sheriff's Department and the Florida Highway Patrol for further investigation.

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Lawn Mower Fire in Ocala Claims Home, Leaves Owner with Burns Ocala, FL - A lawn mower fire, reported on the morning of July 13th at NE 46th Rd., claimed a significant portion of a home and left the owner with minor burns. Eight Ocala Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the 1500 block of NE 46th Rd. at 11:05 JUMP TO FILE# A.M., after a vehicle 071318109 fire was called in. Flames, burning their way through the roof, were visible as units approached the single-level, family home. Upon arrival, units were advised that bystanders assisted the homeowner in getting across the road and out of harm’s way. Confirming no one was in the structure, firefighters proceeded to attack the flames, which were quickly spreading from the garage into the attic. The fire was under control at 11:28 A.M. The owner was transported to the hospital. Ocala PD and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded. - OCALA FIRE RESCUE



Palm Coast FD Hosts July 4th Ceremony Palm Coast, FL - On Wednesday, July 4th, the City of Palm Coast hosted a public Independence Day Ceremony titled “By the Dawn’s Early Light". The ceremony began at 8:00 A.M. at Palm Coast Fire Station 21. Guest speakers included Randall Morris, President of the Flagler Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland. Elected officials from Palm Coast and Flagler County took part in a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a U.S. Naval cannon was fired by Ret. Navy Capt. J. Randall Stapleford.

JUMP TO FILE #070918112 The Palm Coast Community Band performed the Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America, and Stars & Stripes Forever. Flagler County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenny Goncalves was the vocalist for God Bless America. The presentation of colors were performed by the Palm Coast Fire Department Honor Guard, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Holland and the Palm Coast City Council. - PATRICK J. JULIANO


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Death... Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

Death is something that is always around emergency services. Emergency services sees it so much, and may meet death if things go wrong on a scene. When I teach class, I say "Thank you for joining emergency services, now is the time to say goodbye to the age of innocence. We see things that the public does not want to see, or even know what happens." After that statement is made, we start teaching them about critical incident stress management and other ways to handle stress, as well as resources that are out there. Death is all around emergency services and it is something that all emergency services has to deal with. We deal with those who die in a fire, car crash, someone who has a heart attack or other medical call, someone who has taken their own life, a child or an elderly person that dies, etc. But this also may be the public, or from the emergency responder’s family, or the family of emergency services. Sometimes it may seem like too much. Death does not discriminate. Sometimes emergency services may experience many deaths in a short amount of time from different parts of their lives. Death is a part of life, not always a good part. When someone has been suffering, it is said that they experience pain no longer. When it is quick, at least they did not feel any pain. Death cannot rule our lives. Responders need to work on how they will process the different deaths. Each death will hit a responder a different way. Emergency services may or may not get used to how much is seen. When I worked my first shift in EMS, within the first five minutes I met death. Some people get accustomed to dealing with death of a client, to the point that when they see a bloody scene, they may think of what they are going to have for dinner. Other people may not be able to finish the rest of the shift. But one thing that we all have in common is that we all must deal with death. People cope with death in many ways. Some people may use firehouse humor to help them lessen the blow. But some others may think about death a little more. Maybe the person reminded us of a family member, or was a family member. Maybe the person was someone that we have worked alongside of for many years. Maybe when we see one particular face of death, we may think about

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FLORIDA our own mortality. We know that if someone in emergency services die, we put the mourning band over our badge, lower the flags to half-staff and put bunting on the station. Some other companies may have their own traditions, but most of us mark the day and have the flags lowered for 30 days. There are other traditions that may arise at different stations to say goodbye to an emergency responder. When a child dies, it hits hard. An innocent child. When emergency responders have a call with a child, the pace gets quicker, they work harder and pull out all the stops. The death of a child or children effect emergency responders harder. Some of the people that have been portrayed as the rock may be effected more. But emergency services is not exactly a safe occupation. Death is all around us and on certain calls we can almost see the Grim Reaper standing in the shadows as the emergency responders are trying to do the best work that is able to be performed. Many emergency services wear the Class A uniforms more for funerals than anything else. The black mourning band may seem to be over the badge for so long. Sometimes it may feel like joy will never come because there is so much in common. One fire chief told me that, “One thing we all have in common is death". Each one of us needs to think about the way that we work with death. It is not an easy subject to talk about, but we can also make things easier for when it is our time to die. Think about a will, prearranging your funeral services, insurance, discussing if you are an organ donor, etc. Sometimes people say the best way that they want to die is quietly in their sleep. What resources do you have to deal with seeing so much death? Do you have a chaplain to talk with? A counselor? The crisis team? Do you have friends to talk with, or that will mourn with you? Job, when he lost everything, his friends came over and spent time with him. They sat there for seven days, just being present and not saying a word. But they were there for him. Are you there to help someone with death, even if it is by just sitting there? Let us also remember to celebrate life. Tell your loved ones that you love them, let them hear those three words. Yes, love is a four letter word, why is it so easy to say the “F” four letter word, yet so hard to say the word love? We never know how or when we will die. Let those who you love hear it before they will never hear it from you. Love you Dad!


Daytona Beach Firefighters Work Extrication in Ankle-Deep Water

Daytona Beach, FL - Back on May 15th, Daytona Beach firefighters responded to a multi-vehicle car accident as a result of a hit and run. One of the vehicles involved in the crash not only hit a power pole, but also hit a water main, causing a broken pipe and surrounding the vehicle and firefighters in water. Firefighters had to extricate two passengers while trying to navigate through water that was rushing around their feet. The two passengers were extricated safety and transported to the hospital.


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On Wednesday, July 25th, Levy County Fire Rescue conducted helicopter training with crews from PHI Florida 1, the PHI Air Medical base of operation located at the Williston Municipal Airport. The training consisted of Landing Zone Safety, Helicopter Operations, and Scene Coordination including patient

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Levy County is a rural area located in the Northwest Gulf Coast of Florida and is primarily an agricultural community. Levy County Fire Rescue provides Fire and EMS coverage to the 1100-square-mile county with seven ALS transport units

and three fire stations.

PHI Florida 1 operates a Bell 407 aircraft and provides 24/7 air medical services to Levy County and the surrounding areas. - CHRIS DILLEY


1ST Responder Newspaper - SE

August, 2018




Pasco County Fire Rescue Responds to Vehicle Versus Train in Dade City

FF Talia Sandoval climbs into a storm drain to rescue the turtles.


A Passion for Compassion; Firefighters Rescue Sea Turtle Hatchlings

Deerfield Beach, FL - Just after 7:00 P.M. on July 28th, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue firefighters from Station 75 in Deerfield Beach rescued three wayward baby sea turtles that became lost when they fell through the grates of a storm drain. The firefighters were alerted to the helpless turtles when a good Samaritan happened upon the firefighters who were engaged in a training drill in the station’s apparatus bay. In the face of certain death, firefighters promptly rescued the hatchlings and returned them to the natural habitat to which they belong-the ocean. We wish the three little hatchlings the best of luck and a safe, long and healthy life.

Dade City, FL - At approximately 12:45 P.M. on July 17th, PCFR received a 911 call for a reported CSX train and vehicle collision in the 37900 block of Vitality Way in Dade City. When firefighters arrived on scene they reported a vehicle collision with one entrapment, and a CSX train still on the tracks. Firefighters began extricating the victim from the SUV and called for a medical helicopter transport. There were no hazards reported from the train to the community, and the train crew didn’t report any injuries. Train traffic was rerouted in the area while CSX performed their investigation.

Daytona Beach Fire Department Responds to Plane Crash Daytona Beach, FL - The Daytona Beach Fire Department responded to a Daytona Beach residential neighborhood for a plane crash on June 9th. When firefighters arrived on scene, they JUMP TO FILE# found a plane down 062018100 in a retention pond. There were two occupants on board when the plane went down during a heavy thunderstorm. The occupants, a flight instructor and a student, were able to exit the aircraft on their own and make their way to the side of the pond. Both occupants of the plane were alert and talking while Daytona Beach firefighters were assessing them. The occupants were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The plane hit two houses before crashing into the pond. One house had minor damage while the other had more extensive damage with a large hole in the roof. Although the owners were home at the time of the crash, no one inside the home was injured. - SASHA STATON


The plane hit a house, trees, and fence before landing in a retention pond.


August, 2018

1ST Responder Newspaper - SE

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1st Responder News Southeast August Edition  

1st Responder News Southeast August Edition