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Ocala, FL - Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) responded to reports of a bedroom fire in a manufactured home at The Arbors in the 2200 block of NE 19th Avenue, at 3:04 P.M. on December 19th. OFR Engines 1, 3 and 5, along with Rescues 1 and 4, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 11, and a Safety Officer were dispatched to the call. Engine 5 arrived on scene within three minutes to find a working structure fire and a burn victim outside the home. - See full story on page 22


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Bryan County Emergency Services Employee of the Quarter Bryan County, GA - Bryan County Emergency Services Firefighter/EMT Zachary Iser (B shift South Battalion Station 1) has been named the “Employee of the Quarter” for the fourth quarter of 2019. He is part of the Black hawk Team and did an outstanding job running the Blackhawk during Hurricane Dorian, along with his

JUMP TO FILE #121019110 peers on the team. Iser has put in multiple hours to help improve our communication equipment and preparing the new and renovated stations with radios and speakers. Outside of his normal and

extra duties, Iser has been an active member of the RTF, Honor Guard, and Dive & Boat Team. FF/EMT Iser is a definite asset to BCES and we congratulate him on a job well done! - FREDDY HOWELL

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Home Under Construction in Knoxville Damaged by Fire Knoxville, TN - At 4:47 A.M. on November 27th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department responded to 2317 Peachtree Street for the report of flames coming through the roof, called in by a neighbor. When fire units arrived they confirmed what the neighbor had reported. Crews found a onestory brick rancher, which was in the process of being remodeled, with no individuals inside and flames shooting through the roof. Firefighters took a defensive strategy, attacking the flames from the outside. A heavy downpour of rain hampered firefighters' efforts to knock the fire down. No injuries were reported.


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Engine 22 in Nashville is first due to Opryland and the surrounding properties. They are assigned a 2015 Toyne 1500-GPM pumper that was built on a Spartan Metrostar MFD chassis. It carries 750-gallons of water along with 25-gallons of class A foam.

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1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty

New York: Robert H. Bush, 49 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 19, 2019 Death Date: October 19, 2019 Fire Department: Homer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Robert Bush fell ill during fire department training. Other firefighter department members immediately provided medical assistance to Firefighter Bush and then transported him to a local hospital. Despite revival efforts, Firefighter Bush passed away at the hospital. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Alabama: Michael Johnston, 45 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 18, 2019 Death Date: October 18, 2019 Fire Department: Equality Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Michael Johnston was driving the Equality Volunteer Fire Department’s 2004 GMC water tender when it overturned while responding to a brush fire. Firefighter Johnston was ejected from the truck in the single-vehicle accident and pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries he sustained.

Washington, DC: Alex Graham, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 24, 2019 Death Date: October 27, 2019 Fire Department: DC Fire and EMS Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Firefighter Alex Graham was conducting pump testing at the D.C. Fire and EMS Training Academy, when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from an aortic dissection.

Wisconsin: Brian Serdynski, 38 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 19, 2019 Death Date: November 2, 2019 Fire Department: Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department Initial Summary: On 10/19/2019, Firefighter Brian Serdynski suffered a heart attack while at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He was transported to a hospital where he was treated and then released on 10/21/2019. In the very early morning hours on 11/02/2019, Serdynski was having difficulty breathing. First responders from Union Grove-Yorkville and Kansasville fire departments responded to Serdynski’s home and immediately administered medical care. Despite their efforts, Serdynski was pronounced deceased at his home.

Florida: Dwain S. Bradshaw, 41 Rank: Assistant District Chief Incident Date: November 6, 2019 Death Date: November 6, 2019 Fire Department: Escambia County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at approximately 0350hrs, Assistant District Chief Dwain S. Bradshaw of the Beulah Fire Station of Escambia County Fire Rescue responded to a fatal motorcycle accident. While at the scene, he was struck by an 18-wheeler log truck. Chief Bradshaw was immediately airlifted to the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, where he passed away. Chief Bradshaw also served as the District Chief of the Escambia County Fire Rescue Station #1 in the community of Bellview.

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Knoxville Firefighters Rescue Man from House Fire Knoxville, TN - Just after 4:00 A.M. on December 2nd, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were called to 433 E. Quincy Avenue for the report of a house burning. Neighbors were awakened by the glow of flames showing through their window and called 911 to report the incident. When firefighters arrived, they found a large amount of fire engulfing the front rooms of the home and already burning through the roof covering the front porch of the single-story home. Fire crews also received word that there was a victim inside. Responders quickly crawled

JUMP TO FILE #120319108 through the heat and smoke, finding the owner of the home lying unconscious in the hallway, overcome by smoke. The elderly gentleman was rushed to the hospital, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, while additional manpower continued fighting the flames until control was gained. Fire Investigators were on scene to determine the cause of the fire. No other injuries were reported. - DJ CORCORAN


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In the firehouse, there is what I like to call the “Firehouse Standard”. This meal consists of a steak, potatoes and a vegetable, and rarely does anyone ever oppose it being on the menu. You have your protein, carbs and fat to help keep the crew satiated. There are many variations on this. Some may prefer rib eyes, some stick to the budget friendly London broil and others celebrate special occasions like promotions with a nice rib roast. When it comes to the potatoes, it usually ends up being mashed, roasted or baked. While

everyone has their preference, nothing compares to simple and delicious roasted potatoes. When done right, they are crispy on the outside while still creamy on the inside. And like most things culinary, the simple isn’t always the easiest. A dish is only as good as its ingredients. When it comes to something as simple as roasted potatoes, making sure you use the right ones is key. Not all potatoes are created equal; there are actually different uses for the many different kinds. Potatoes fall into two categories, waxy and starchy. Waxy potatoes are exactly as they sound, waxy and usually “shiny” on the exterior. They contain more moisture than starch varieties and are ideal for wet cooking techniques, which include boiling and steaming. New potatoes, fingerlings and Red Bliss are all waxy

potatoes. Starchy potatoes contain, well…more starch of course. They are ideal for dry cooking techniques such as baking, frying and roasting, which because they don’t involve water, can be considered dry cooking. But here is the catch, this recipe involves both wet AND dry techniques! So therefore we need to use a potatoes idea for both, enter the Yukon Gold (or white potato). The Yukon Gold is considered all-purpose because it can be cooked so many ways. In this recipe, we par cook them in salted, boiling water first. This creates a cooked-through, creamy center while also seasoning it from the inside out. After, they are drained and then roasted in olive oil, allowing the exterior to get crispy and delicious. The best of both worlds! Stay safe, eat well!



2 lbs. Yellow Potatoes, scrubbed 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil Optional: 2 Sprigs of Rosemary or Thyme 3 Garlic Cloves, whole and skin-on Procedure:

- Preheat oven to 450°F

-Cut the potatoes into even size shapes. Place in a pot, cover with cold water by 1”. Add the salt and turn the burner on high. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer.

-Cook the potatoes until the outside starts to look “fluffy”, or is just barely knife tender, approximately 7-8 minutes. Drain the pota-

toes gently into a colander and give a gentle shake or two to roughen up the exterior. Let steam dry in the colander for 10 minutes. -Add the olive oil to a baking pan along with herbs and garlic if using. Gently add the potatoes, stir to coat. Place the pan in the oven and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring and flipping

every 15 minutes. The potatoes are done when they are golden brown and crispy. AJ FUSCO

*Par-boiling the potatoes creates a creamy center while allowing the exterior to get crispy. When you stir and flip the potatoes, rotate the pan when you place back in oven to cook evenly.

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A rendering of Lake County Fire Rescue Squad 8.

Lake County Fire Rescue to Roll Back New Squad Tavares, FL – The Lake County Public Safety Department’s Fire Rescue Division added a new fire truck to its fleet, replacing an aging 2005 squad. On December 10th at 9:00 A.M., Lake County Commissioners, Public Safety staff, and fellow colleagues gathered at Lake County Fire Station 76, located at 8819 County Road 48 in Yalaha, for a pushback ceremony. The “push back” is a tradition dating back to the days of horsedrawn fire wagons that had to be detached from the horses and "pushed back" into the fire house. “In its first year of service Squad 8 will respond to more than 700 standard fire and EMS calls, in addition to a range of special operations services, including vehicle extrications, hazardous materials incidents and technical rescues,” said Fire Chief Jim Dickerson. Squad 8 is the lead Hazardous Materials unit in Lake County, and will respond out of Lake County Fire Station 76, one of only three

JUMP TO FILE #112219103 Special Operations Response Team stations in the county. The third generation 2019 Pierce Enforcer Custom Pumper will provide fire, rescue, and emergency services to the community of Yalaha and surrounding areas. The unit was designed to provide expanded services by utilizing an 84" extended crew cab with additional storage. Additionally, the extended body length will provide a large amount space for hazardous materials mitigation equipment along with standard firefighting and EMS equipment. The specialized equipment on board includes a 750-gallon water tank, a 1500-GPM pump, and a foam system capable of delivering large volumes of foam for fire, fuel, and chemical suppression. - LAKE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE


Ocala Firefighters and Cathy’s Kids Unite for Annual Holiday Experience Ocala, FL - On December 2nd, 20 children from Wyomina Elementary School who were selected to participate in the Cathy’s Kids program, spent a cheerful morning with Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters. At 9:30 A.M., a school bus filled with children identified by school personnel as members of families who could use a blessing during the holiday time, arrived at Walmart Supercenter on 19th Avenue Road. There, firefighters anxiously awaited to meet the children, whom they would treat to the shop-

JUMP TO FILE #120319109 ping experience of a lifetime. Once children and adults were paired off, the crowd made their way into the store where clothes, shoes, and toys for the children and their family members were bought. With the shopping spree complete, the group made their way to Tuscawilla Park for a recess filled with playground games and pizza. For years, members of the In-

ternational Association of Firefighters Local #2135 have honored the tradition set forth by Cathy’s Kids Founder, Cathy Fender, of gifting a child a morning of shopping followed by a trip to the park with undivided attention. Thanks to donations from firefighters and sponsors such as Papa Johns and Wayne’s World of Paintball, among others, the tradition has continued. - OCALA FIRE RESCUE

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Close Call at Gas Pump in East Manatee Fire District

Braden River, FL - On December 8th, East Manatee Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a car fire at the Speedway Fuel Station on Route #70, while en route companies were advised that the vehicle was at the fuel pump. Employees hit the emergency shut off switch, and on arrival of first responders, the engine compartment was well involved. Once the fire was under control the store was reopened, but the pumps remained closed until an inspection could take place.

On December 10th, Volusia County Fire Rescue's Station 45 responded as mutual aid to a residential fire, which was fully involved. There were no injuries associated with the fire.


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Merry Christmas to all of our good friends in Fire & Emergency Services!


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First Coast Navy Fire & EMS operates a 2018 Oshkosh Striker 6X6 T3000 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville as Crash 141. It's equipped with a 2000-GPM pump, 3000-gallons of water, 425-gallons of foam, and 80-pounds of PKP. In addition to a roof and low attack front bumper turret, this apparatus also has two 100-foot hose reels and is staffed with a crew of three firefighters.


Rescue 42 in Polk County is one of their most recently purchased Advanced Life Support ambulances. It is a 2018 Freightliner that was built by Wheeled Coach.


Orlando Engine 10 operates with a 2017 Sutphen Monarch 1500GPM pumper. It carries 750-gallons of water and 30-gallons of foam. They are first due to Universal Studios and the busy tourist area that surrounds it.

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Southern Manatee Firefighters Follow Glow in the Sky

Bradenton, FL - Just before daybreak on December 12th, Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the area of 34th Avenue East. Units could see the glow in the sky, but had to track the fire down. The fire was located down a long driveway in a medium size barn, which was on the ground on arrival. No one was inside the home on the property at the time of the incident. Firefighters had to shuttle water from a hydrant located a distance away.

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‘Rescue Me’ Benefit Calendar Features Lake County Firefighters and Shelter Pets Tavares, FL – Lake County firefighters have teamed up with the Lake County Animal Shelter for what has become a new tradition to save shelter pets during the holiday season. Together, firefighters and adoptable cats and dogs will grace the pages of the 2020 “Rescue Me” charity calendar. All proceeds from the calendar will benefit the Lake County Animal Shelter, a no-kill facility managed by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, located at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares. The calendar is available online at www.lakefirefightercharity.org for a suggested donation of $10 or may also be purchased at the Office of Fire Rescue located on the 4th floor of the Lake

JUMP TO FILE #120319107 County Administration Building at 315 W Main St. in Tavares. “We are excited to partner with Lake County firefighters on showcasing our wonderful shelter pets for the second year in a row,” said Lake County Animal Shelter Director Whitney Boylston. “Last year’s calendar was such a big hit that this year’s calendar is already much anticipated by the public, as these local heroes and animal lovers help find homes for homeless pets.” The calendar is sponsored by the Professional Firefighters of Lake County Local 3990, which is selling the calendar in a combined

effort with the Lake County Firefighter Charity, a not-for-profit 501C3 organization raising funds for the local community. All photography, graphic design and print production was completed inhouse by the Lake County Office of Communications. Last year a total of 450 calendars were sold, bringing in $4,500 in donations to the Lake County Animal Shelter. For more information about adoptable animals, follow the shelter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyAnimalShelter and Twitter at www.twitter.com/lakeshelterpets, or call 352-343-9688. - LAKE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE

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Change of Command at North Collier Fire District North Collier, FL - Fire leaders from across the State of Florida filled the event hall on the evening of November 22nd to witness the change-of-command ceremony for new North Collier Fire Chief Eloy Ricardo. The ceremony began with a processional from Guns & Hoses Pipes & Drums of Southwest Florida and a presentation of colors from the North Collier Professional Firefighters Local 2297 Honor Guard. Following an invocation from 30-year FDNY veteran and former North Naples Fire Public Information Officer, Jerry Sanford, Fire Commission Board Chairman Christopher Lombardo gave opening remarks. Addressing the standing room only crowd, Lombardo cited the

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JUMP TO FILE #112719106 “extensive search” that culminated with the hiring of Ricardo, a 19-year veteran of the Department. Lombardo described Ricardo as a man of ‘integrity, innovative, a problemsolver, and a leader.’ “Chief Ricardo has risen through the ranks of this department, he grew up with us and it has been a pleasure watching him grow; I look forward to the future of this District under his Command,” Lombardo said. During Chief Ricardo’s career with the Fire District, he integrated North Collier and Collier County plans reviewers at the County’s Growth Management office in order to provide a seamless service to residents, builders, and developers. Ricardo was a driving force behind the development of legislation providing for the voluntary merger of special districts, legislation that later was utilized in the North Naples Fire-Big Corkscrew Island Fire merger. Ricardo is the second person to lead the North Collier Fire District. Exiting Fire Chief James Cunningham addressed the crowd and was emotional when he spoke of his time with the District and the support from his family. Chief Cunningham has taken a position with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. The change-of-guard ceremony included the traditional Flag Ceremony. The North Collier Fire District headquarters flag was presented to Chief Cunningham for his years of dedicated service. Chief Ricardo presented a new flag to the Local 2297 North Collier Honor Guard to fly over Headquarters to signify the trust he has placed in the members of the district to accomplish any mission. The traditions of the Flag Ceremony and passing of the Trumpet once used to summon firefighters during emergencies, ensures the fire department is never without official leadership, a continuation of trust and signifies the allegiance of the rank and file to their commander. The evening concluded with Chief Ricardo taking the podium. He spoke directly to his family sitting in the front of the room. He thanked his mother for the values she instilled in him and his wife for the unwavering support and foundation she has provided for him and their children. “I am truly humbled and honored to be here to lead this great department through this next chapter,” Ricardo said from the podium. “I want you all to know I believe we are the finest fire department in the country, and this is not about me, this about all of us, together. I am not successful without every one of you, together we are strong, together we Honor, Service and Pride…Thank you.” - HEATHER MAZURKIEWICZ


(L to R): North Collier Fire Commissioners Chris Cossan and James Calamari, Chief Ricardo, Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, outgoing Fire Chief James Cunningham and Fire Commissioner Chair, Christopher Lombardo.

Uniformed personnel from all over the State of Florida were in attendance.


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From Fire Engineering Books & Videos Presentation by Chief Ron Kantermann Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-1828 E-Mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $49.00

This DVD is one hour and 38 minutes in length. It's a classroom presentation by Ron Kantermann, who at the time was chief of the Wilton, Connecticut Fire Department. Ron has a colorful history with the fire service for over 40 years. It included serving with the New York City Fire Department, working as a chief with a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, and let’s just say that his resume is so long that you will just have to read about him on the back of the DVD jacket and be impressed. In any event, here is a colorful speaker with a wealth of knowledge and

experience. I met him in person when in 1996 he wanted to get a new pumper in Fire Engineering’s Apparatus Deliveries Column (which I am the author of), and I was thoroughly impressed with him. So I recommend this classroom session to you so you can expand your knowledge and stay safe. The class addresses combatting fires in commercial buildings by using construction design and building fire and detections systems. The talk addresses survivability profiling, firefighting accountability, safety culture, risk profiling, SOP’s, SOG’s, work, active fire protection and challenges to firefighters. Though it appears to be a lengthy presentation, the time goes quickly and my attention was kept on the subjects taught and discussed. It brought back memories of my time in the fire service and the knowledge about standpipe and sprinkler systems, other suppression systems and fire detection systems. I noted new technology now in place, which was not during my career. It confirmed my decision not to review most textbooks as I become a dinosaur and progress marches on! There are a number of visual aids that accompany this presentation, as well as explanations of the theory and performance of the systems. It's a DVD well worth the modest cost.

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Osceola County Fire Rescue Station 73 is home to three new supression units.

Squad 73 is a 2019 Pierce Velocity PUC 1250-GPM Rescue Pumper that carries 1000-gallons of water. This apparatus

carries a variety of technical rescue equipment, including cutters and spreaders that are mounted in the front bumper. Tender 73 is a 2019 Kenworth T300/Pierce 2000-gallon tanker that has a 500-GPM pump.

Brush 73 was built by Skeeter on a 2018 Ford F550 chassis. It holds 400-gallons of water with 10-gallons of class A foam. It's rated to pump at 250-GPM.

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Crews Respond to HazMat Incident in Volusia County Volusia County, FL - A motor vehicle accident involving a semi-trailer truck on December 16th elicited a hazardous materials response by Volusia County Fire Rescue HazMat 15, as well JUMP TO FILE# as the following 121619103 Volusia County units: Engine 41, Engine 42, Fire Police and Battalion 40. In addition, Volusia County Public Works, the Sheriff's Office and the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the incident. The location of the incident was Marsh Road in DeLand. - KATE LIND



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Tower 131 Dedication Held at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville "I'm Devvin Brown, New Hampton Fire Explorer (soon to be EMT), and this is a fallen firefighter tattoo in memory of Firefighter/EMT Douglass Clement. FF/EMT Clement suffered a heart attack, sadly resulting in his line-of-duty death."

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Jacksonville, FL - First Coast Navy Fire & Emergency Services performed a dedication ceremony on December 11th, at Naval Air Station Jacksonville for a new apparatus. The 100-foot Pierce Ascendant Heavy Duty Aerial Tower was placed into service as Tower 131. Tower 131 is replacing Ladder 131, a 2004 75-foot Pierce

JUMP TO FILE #121219115 Contender rear-mount ladder. During the ceremony, a blessing of the apparatus was performed by Lt. Kyle Boyer, a chaplain at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. A traditional washing of the tires fol-

lowed. Tower 131 was then placed into service with the dispatch center, and the apparatus was pushed into the bay by current and retired firefighters. - CHRIS DILLEY


Pushing in Tower 131.

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NEW YEAR - RENEWED PURPOSE Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

It is a new year again! 2019 is behind us, 2020 is here and we all get a fresh start. Lots of people aren’t really crazy about the idea of newness. But newness has the capacity of opening new opportunities, like the fulfilling of our purpose. This is probably one of the most rewarding feelings we as mortals can feel. This is especially true to those in all aspects of the Emergency Services. We are often placed in the unique situation of actually being able to understand the true sense of satisfaction this brings one. But are we not designed to fulfill a much bigger purpose? Was not God's plan for us to fulfill the purpose of a Christian and thus fulfill His purpose? Each tool used in the Fire Service has a specific purpose. Just this past week I responded to a well involved single-family residence fire. The homeowner told us that their family dog was still in the house. The Incident Commander immediately assigned an Engine Company to search the home for the dog. After the dog was rescued and resusci-

tated, the PIO told the news media that it would have taken much longer to locate the dog if it had not been for a new type of thermal imager that they had just put into service. Again, the tools and equipment serve a specific purpose. God means for us to find joy in fulfilling our purpose in life. Just as there is a satisfying rightness when a good tool is used for exactly the right purpose, there is a wholesome goodness when progress is made toward being who we were created to be. Good deeds are good not only because they are right, but because they contribute to the fulfillment of our purpose. But what is the purpose for which we were created? One answer is that we are called upon to show forth His goodness through us. Jesus taught, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). As we enter a new year, may we also enter into a renewed purpose. We never really know exactly what the New Year will holds for us. But Christians are familiar with the language of newness: At the end of our story, the One seated on the throne says, “I make all things new.” Happy New Year.

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Pompano Beach once ran a whole fleet of Ward LaFrance pumpers. The one assigned at Engine 3 was a 1975 model. It carried 500-gallons of water and had the ability to pump at 1250-GPM.


Many years ago, Pompano Beach operated this 1989 Emergency One Hush heavy rescue that featured a "Vista Cab". This apparatus has since been retired.

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Structure Fire Claims One Life in Ocala Ocala, FL - Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) responded to reports of a bedroom fire in a manufactured home at The Arbors in the 2200 block of NE 19th Avenue, at 3:04 P.M. on December 19th. OFR Engines 1, 3 and 5, along with Rescues 1 and 4, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 11, and a Safety Officer were dispatched to the call. Engine 5 arrived on scene within three minutes to find a working structure fire and a burn victim outside the home. The patient advised that a second person was trapped inside. While Rescue 1 worked with Marion County Fire Rescue in preparing the burn victim for transport, Rescue 4 and Engine 5 crews began fire operations with a search for the victim inside. As crews made their way to the rear of the

JUMP TO FILE #122019102 structure the second patient was located. Unfortunately, the second patient had succumbed to injuries sustained. The fire was under control within 12 minutes. The burn victim was transported as a trauma alert to UF Health Shands Hospital. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The State Fire Marshal’s office will be leading the investigation. The Ocala Police Department and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded. - OCALA FIRE RESCUE

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The recent graduates of Suncoast Fire Academy Class #128 are, (R to L): Sarah Wengerd, Joseph Giba, Larry Pino, and Tyler Winkelmeyer.

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