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June, 2013

1st Responder Newspaper - sE



Uprooted tree causes gas leak in Ocala

Fire extinguisher training Firefighters from the Orange Park Fire Department recently conducted a fire extinguisher training class for the employees of the Courtyard Marriot Hotel in Orange Park. Twenty five employees attended the training session. The employees were taught how to operate a fire extinguisher. Key points from the training session were prompt 911 notification, P.A.S.S., aim for the base of the fire, and never turn your back on the fire.

Ocala, FL - On May 21, 201, a large tree in a residential neighborhood uprooted, causing a break in a natural gas line. Firefighters arrived on scene and encountered a strong odor of gas, prompting a dozen homes to be evacuated. Personnel with Ocala Fire Rescue temporarily stopped the leak by clamping the natural gas line while waiting for the gas company to respond. Approximately 20 residents were allowed back into their homes after about one hour. There were no injuries according to Battalion Chief Shane Alexander. The incident occurred in the area of Southeast 15 Street and 24 Avenue.


80 acre wildfire in Gulf Breeze On May 14, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., Midway Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the woods off of Stanford Road. Battalion Chief Lou Jones reported a working brush fire in the woods next to Pensacola Bay. The fire was in an inaccessible area, mostly in the wetlands. The Department of Forestry was requested and two bulldozers responded. On the following morning, the DOF dispatched a helicopter for water drops. The fire had spread to approximately 80 acres and was mostly contained by 5:00 p.m..


Rural water supply training Levy County Department of Public Safety Fire Station 6 Rosewood and Cedar Key Fire Rescue firefighters participate in a joint training on May 8, 2013. The training consisted of establishing rural water supply for firefighter operations in nonhydrant areas of the county. Firefighters used water tenders to transport large amounts of water to 3000 gallon portable water tanks to provide a continuous supply of water during firefighter operations in unincorporated areas of the county.

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1st Responder News South East June Edition  
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