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August, 2019

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Four Transported from Vehicle Collision in Ocala

Ocala, FL - On July 12th, four individuals were transported after a compact vehicle and a tow truck collided at the intersection of NE 36th Avenue and NE 14th Street in Ocala. Ocala Fire Rescue Engine 5, Rescue 3, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 11, and a Safety Officer were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment at 9:38 A.M. Upon arrival, units encountered a gold Hyundai Sonata facing south on NE 14th St., and a white and blue tow truck facing east. Inside the Hyundai firefighters found four individuals; two adults in need of extrication and two children in the back seat. All four occupants of the Hyundai were transported to the hospital. Neither the driver nor passenger of the tow truck had injuries to report. Ocala PD and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded.


Alan Potrzuski displays the fire extinguisher he used to fight a fire next door.

BSFR Says Local Hero is Responsible for Saving Neighbor, Extinguishing Fire Deerfield Beach, FL - It was just after 10:00 A.M. on July 19th when Alan Potrzuski heard commotion coming from the house next door. It was his neighbor's voice and she was yelling. When Potrzuski, 64, looked outside, he saw black smoke coming from the home at 3430 SW 3rd Ct. He knew just what to do. Donning a rebreather mask he uses while working as a pest control technician, he darted next door equipped with a fire extinguisher. Entering the home, Mr. Potrzuski found the likely source of the fire, a dish washer burning in the kitchen. When Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units from Deerfield Beach arrived on scene about three minutes later, the fire was mostly extinguished, Mr. Potrzuski and his

JUMP TO FILE #072019103 neighbor were safely outside, and the house was saved. Firefighters remained on scene to ventilate smoke from the home and remove the burnt dishwasher, which could be seen lying abandoned in the driveway. “Mr. Potrzuski‘s swift actions likely contributed to the homeowner's safe escape and minimized damages to the home from the fire. This situation clearly emphasizes the importance for homeowners to not only have working smoke alarms in their home, but fire extinguishers as well. These important life-saving tools can be the difference between life and death. Thank-

fully, no serious injuries were reported.” The Florida State Fire Marshal will conduct an investigation to determine what caused the appliance to catch fire. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, every 24 seconds a fire department in the United States responds to a fire somewhere in the nation. When asked how he was going to spend the rest of his day, Mr. Potrzuski said he was “going to head to Costco to get a new fire extinguisher”. He hopes his experience will encourage others to be prepared in the event that they are faced with an emergency. - MICHAEL KANE

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Quick Knock in Southern Manatee Fire District

Bradenton, FL - Shortly before sunset on June 20th, Southern Manatee Fire District responded to the report of a kitchen fire in the 1900 block of 32nd Street. Fire units responding reported a smoke column showing. On arrival units made their way through the yard, which was a maze of debris, and found fire showing from the 'Bravo' side. Firefighters used a transition attack as the fire made its way into the attic area. Crews not only battled the fire, but also the 90-degree temperatures.


Clay County Tender 159 is a 1989 Oshcosh that once operated as a fuel truck for the military. It's able to safely haul 3000-gallons of water. This 30-year-old apparatus runs out of Station 15 at Lake Asbury.

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1st Responder Southeast August Edition  

1st Responder Southeast August Edition