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Houston County Runs Head-On with Fatality Houston County, GA - On January 19th at 1:27 P.M., Houston County Fire Engine 11 and Rescue 2 were alerted to the 400 block of Dunbar Road for an accident with injuries. E-11 was first on scene reporting two pickup trucks that crashed headon with confirmed fatality and entrapment. Houston Healthcare EMS along with Chiefs 1 and 900 arrived on scene. Rescue 2 arrived and began extrication with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office assisting in shutting down Dunbar Road for safety and investigation. A female passenger in one of the pickup trucks was confirmed deceased on scene. The accident investigation is ongoing.

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IAFF F-107 Donates to Color Me Pink Warner Robins, GA - IAFF Local F-107 E-Board members Little, Shifflett & Harper stopped by "Color Me Pink" off of Margie Drive in Warner Robins to present a check of $3200, which was raised from selling the 2020 Robins Fire Department Breast Cancer Awareness shirts. The firefighters were able to wear the shirts on duty for the months of October and November. This was the largest donation to Color Me Pink in the 14 years of donating. Color Me Pink helps women with post-mastectomy products, hard-to-find bras, and wigs. Thank You to everyone who supported.

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Firefighters Risk Health when Exposed to AFFF Firefighting Foam Firefighters work in a dangerous environment every single day. They knowingly risk their lives in service to others and their community as part of the job description. Their willingness to protect us in the face of unthinkable danger is part of what makes them heroes. Firefighters understand the risks of the flames and deteriorating buildings. They have seen their colleagues suffer burns, broken bones and the complications caused by smoke inhalation. While we all know and acknowledge running into a burning building is dangerous, firefighters are often exposed to life-threatening hazards that are not as obvious. One of the most-deadly hidden dangers is not presented by the fire, but by one of the tools these brave men and women are provided to fight it. Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a fire suppressant found on most fire trucks and at fire training facilities. It is a humanmade chemical designed to coat and suffocate a fire, depriving it of oxygen. While AFFF Foam may be an effective fire suppressant, it also may contain perfluorooctane acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). These perand polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are part of a large family of dangerous man-made chemical

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compounds that are known carcinogens – meaning we know they can cause cancer. These substances can accumulate and remain in the human body for long periods of time. It is this long-term exposure that creates an increased risk of various deadly cancers, including pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, testicular cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. For men and women fighting fires, the harmful chemicals can be orally ingested, absorbed through the skin or inhaled. These dangers are now welldocumented. The U.S. Fire Administration now cautions that fire departments should replace older AFFF stocks with fluorine-free foam solutions. It advises handlers of these dangerous chemicals to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and a self-contained breathing apparatus. It also advises firefighters to shower within one hour after returning to the station or home, among other warnings. Despite these relatively new warnings and awareness, the manufacturers of AFFF have known of these dangers for years and know-

ingly exposed our nation’s firefighters to these cancer-causing substances - putting profits over the safety of our heroes. “If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to AFFF firefighter foam, you may have a claim against the manufacturers and should seek counsel,” Ms. Liakos of Bond Legal said. If you have been exposed to AFFF firefighter foam on the job and developed cancers or other side effects, contact Bond Legal to discuss your potential claim for justice and compensation at 866927-1261 or intake@bondlegalgroup.com. Cancers caused by PFAS Some potential cancers that are caused by PFAS chemicals in AFF: Bladder Breast Colon/Rectal Kidney Leukemia Lymphoma Liver Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Prostate Ovarian Testicular


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DeKalb County Fire Battles Fire on Clairmont Rd. DeKalb County, GA - On January 15th just after 8:00 A.M., DeKalb County Fire responded to a working commercial structure fire in the area of Clairmont Road and Century Blvd. The fire involved a wooden addition connected to the building. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Dryer Fire on MLK Dr. in Atlanta Atlanta, GA - On January 25th, Atlanta Fire Rescue Communications alerted companies to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive for a residential house fire. Engines 15 and 14 arrived to a one-story home. Firefighters were met out front by the homeowner advising that the dryer was on fire. AFRD firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and began releasing companies. Company 14’s fire apparatus operator was able to keep one of the children warm by loaning him his firefighter jacket until the home was released back to the owners.

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Bonaire, GA - Just after 12:30 P.M. on February 1st, the Warner Robins Fire Department was dispatched to Piedmont Lane for a vehicle on fire in the garage. Engine 5 arrived on scene within four minutes to a two-story residential with flames showing from the garage and began dropping lines and making an attack. Engine 8 arrived behind E5 and established a water source and assisted with fire attack. Firefighters made a quick stop at the garage, preventing the fire from spreading throughout the home. Firefighters were able to remove the vehicle from the garage. According to the homeowner, a space heater caught fire which ignited fuel on the garage floor which spread the fire. No injuries were reported.


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Mississippi: Joseph "Joe" Gallo, 34 Rank: Captain Incident Date: November 17, 2020 Death Date: November 17, 2020 Fire Department: Blissfield Township Fire Department Initial Summary: While responding with the Blissfield Fire Department to a barn fire, Captain Joseph Gallo was driving a Chevy Impala with emergency lights activated. As he drove on a gravel portion of the road, he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled and Captain Gallo was ejected. He was transported to the Toledo Hospital where, after all attempts at resuscitation were exhausted, Captain Gallo was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained. He was a Paid-on-Call Captain with the Blissfield Township Fire Department and a Part-time Firefighter/EMT with the Madison Township Fire Department.

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Mississippi: Michael Buitendorp, 40 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 18, 2020 Death Date: November 18, 2020 Fire Department: Grant Township Fire Department Initial Summary: On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at approximately 2100hrs., Firefighter Michael Buitendorp, driving a fire department tender, was responding to the scene of a camper fire in Otto Township when he lost consciousness. The firefighter who was with him was able to stop the fire apparatus and call for help. Grant Township firefighters and EMS personnel immediately performed life-saving measures. Firefighter Buitendorp was then transported to the Mercy Health Lakeshore Hospital where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. The cause of his death is under investigation.

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Missouri: Robert "Bobby" Joseph Rocha, 59 Rank: Captain Incident Date: October 23, 2020 Death Date: November 21, 2020 Fire Department: Kansas City, MO Fire Department Initial Summary: While on-duty, Captain Robert “Bobby” Rocha contracted COVID-19 from a patient

Washington: Alan Dean Basso, 59 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: November 27, 2020 Death Date: November 27, 2020 Fire Department: Cowlitz County Fire District 5 Initial Summary: On the morning of Friday, November 27, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Alan Basso responded to two medical emergency calls, the last one dispatched at 0848hrs. Later that day, at 1355hrs, Basso was driving in the downtown area of Kalama when his vehicle collided with several parked vehicles. He was unconscious and not breathing, suffering a cardiac arrest. Citizen CPR was immediately initiated by a nearby off-duty Portland firefighter, 911 was summonsed, and Cowlitz County Fire District 5 resources arrived on-scene. Immediate advance life support measures were administered, and Basso was then transported to PeaceHealth St. Johns Medical Center where, despite all efforts, he was pronounced deceased.

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Indiana: Robert Cree, 72 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: November 22, 2020 Death Date: November 22, 2020 Fire Department: Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: At 1900hrs on Sunday, November 22, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Robert Cree responded to a medical emergency at a residence. Upon returning home, at approximately 2010hrs, Firefighter/EMT Cree collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Crews arrived at his home and immediately performed CPR. Despite all efforts, he could not be resuscitated and passed away.


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PATCH OF THE MONTH If you have photos for our Patch of the Month feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

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Former Daycare Center Burns Down in Macon Macon, GA - On January 20th, Macon-Bibb County Fire Department was alerted to 2430 Riverside Drive for a building on fire. The 911 communications center received several calls reporting flames coming from the roof of the building, as it sits near I-75. The first arriving companies reported heavy fire showing from the building and immediately began setting up aerial operations. Macon-Bibb firefighters worked throughout the night to extinguish the fire and to standby into the morning hours in case hot spots flared up. The structure was the Children's Sesame Daycare, but it had been closed for many years. The fire is currently under investigation.

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The patch of DeKalb Fire Hazmat Team Company Nineteen. If you have photos for Antique Apparatus please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

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Robins AFB Fire ARFF back in 1963.

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How do you make healthy pancakes taste good? Add bacon! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

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Fire Claims Home in Southeast Ocala Ocala, FL - Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) responded to reports of a fire in the 500 block of Southeast 28th Avenue shortly after 11:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 4th. OFR Engines 2, 3 and 5, along with Rescue 2, Squad 1, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 22 and a Safety Officer were dispatched to the call. Upon arrival, crews encountered a single-story residential structure engulfed in fire, with heavy flames venting through the roof. Engine 5 established a water supply while crews from Engines 3 and 2 pulled their pre-connected hose lines to the structure's front and rear. Due to the fire's magnitude, units took a defensive stance until the heavy flames were knocked

Pancakes are a firehouse breakfast staple. Often cooked on a cast iron pan or griddle that outdates even the most senior members, these flapjacks feed many for cheap. Which is probably why they are so popular for fundraising as well. In firehouses all across the country, “pancake breakfasts” help raise funds for departments in need. They also appeal to us on a more personal note as well. Sunday morning with the family, cup of joe and a stack of pancakes evoke memories of a simpler time.

Or maybe it was the trip to the local IHOP you remember most. The point is, food has a way of engraining itself into our memories and more often than not it is the food we grew up eating. My dad loves a good pancake and now more than ever, enjoys cooking them for my daughter. And believe it or not, this food has been around a lot longer than you and I. Some evidence dates it back to the Stone Age! And in more “recent” times, Thomas Jefferson was a huge fan of the flapjack, even sending a recipe back to his hometown from the White House. So now that we have established the fact that pancakes are not only delicious and hold a sentimental place in our hearts, lets also admit now that they are definitely not the healthiest of foods for us to eat on a regular basis. But

how on earth can we make this somewhat healthy AND delicious at the same time? Well first let’s start with the actual pancake itself. Instead of using your standard All-Purpose flour, this recipe uses almond flour, which is great for the glutenfree and gluten-intolerant folks out there. We also use bananas, not just for flavor, but to add moisture and sweetness as well since almond flour tends to be a little “drier” than conventional flours. And whenever we need to make something taste better, what do we add? BACON!!! If you haven’t tried pancakes topped with real maple syrup and bacon, you are seriously missing out! There is no better combination of flavors than sweet and savory. Stay safe, eat well!

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BACON-BANANA-ALMOND FLOUR PANCAKES down. Once the fire was under control, firefighters forced entry into the back of the residence to complete a search. The area was deemed clear. Crews continued to douse the fire scene until neither flames nor hot spots remained. No one was in the residence at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The Ocala Police Department, Ocala Electric Utility, and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded. - OCALA FIRE RESCUE

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Makes approximately 8 - 6” Pancakes Ingredients: 4 Ripe Bananas 4 Eggs 1 Cup Almond Flour 1 tsp Baking Powder ¼ Cup Maple Syrup Pinch of Salt 4 Slices of Cooked Bacon, crumbled Cooking Spray or Butter for pan Procedure: -Separate the egg yolk from the whites by carefully cracking them in to a large bowl. Using your hands gently scoop out the yolks and place in a medium bowl. -Using a whisk, whip the egg whites until fluffy, set aside. -Combine the maple syrup and bananas in the same bowl as the egg yolk.  Mash bananas and stir to incorporate.  Add the almond flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl.  Stir to combine thoroughly.

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Pasco County PIO Corey Dierdorff has a discussion with the Battalion Chief and his Aide at a recent smoke condition incident.

-Carefully fold in the egg whites to the batter with a rubber spatula.

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through. -Ladle the batter into a greased preheated non-stick pan, cast iron or griddle over medium heat.  Sprinkle each pancake with some crumbled bacon, reserving some for garnish. Cook pancakes untouched until the bottom starts to brown and you see bubbles forming, about 2-3 minutes.  Very carefully flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until fully cooked

-Garnish with more crumbled bacon! (Note: These pancakes are very tender and delicate compared to traditional so they may need a little extra cooking time and gentle handling!)


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The single-family home sits idle after firefighters extinguish a blaze with the assistance of a drone.

BSFR Drone Used to Assist in Extingushing House Fire JUMP TO FILE #022321104 West Park, FL - Just before 8:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 13th, Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue received a report of a structure fire located at 4321 SW 18TH St., in the City of West Park. Upon arrival, responding companies reported light smoke showing from the roof of a two-story home. Firefighters investigated and located a small fire on the roof. With the assistance of a drone, firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the small fire. Drones are also used to keep a birds-eye view of firefighters operating in dangerous locations to provide

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extra safety. About 25 firefighters responded to the scene and the fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes. No injuries were reported. One of the residents living in the home advised firefighters that roofers were performing repairs earlier in the day which may have contributed to the fire. Due to the fire damage, the home is likely uninhabitable. - MICHAEL KANE

A history displayed. The Daytona Beach Fire Department has always been a huge advocate of maintaining the long-standing history of the department. A local historical museum that is dedicated to showcasing the history of the City of Daytona Beach approached the Daytona Beach Fire Department to be featured as the main exhibit for a 6 month period. This opportunity provides the ability to display the 120 year evolution of firefighting in Daytona Beach, starting in the late 1800’s and moving through the modern day fire service. The exhibit features original photographs, authentic artifacts, and other collectibles that document the department’s transition throughout the decades. Pictured is one of many display cases at Halifax Historical Society.

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Firefighter Tam To utilizes a drone to assist firefighting operations.

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Squad 53 is a 2019 Pierce Velocity PUC 1250-GPM Rescue Pumper that carries 1000-gallons of water. A twin to Squad 73, this apparatus covers the east side of the county, from its quarters near Alligator Lake (Unincorporated St. Cloud).


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Tamarac, FL - Tamarac Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Marshal Tommy Demopoulos was promoted to Division Chief on February 13, 2021. Division Chief Demopoulos started as a Fire Inspector in June 2012 and was promoted to Assistant Fire Marshal on July 1, 2017. Division Chief Demopoulos completed his bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration in 2019. His professional certifications include Fire Code Administrator, State Fire Investigator 2, State Fire Instructor. His professional designations include Fire Marshal CPSE (Center for Public Safety Excellence) Fire Officer. Through the

National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) he has earned his Certified Fire Inspectors (CFI), certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPE), Certified Plans Examiner and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI). His professional engagements include being President of the Broward County Fire Inspectors Association and the South East Regional Director of the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association (FFMIA). We wish Division Chief Demopoulos all the best in his new position. - VAN SCHOEN

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Fire Damages UHaul Storage Building in Port Richey Port Richey, FL - Around 9:50 A.M. on February 13th, Pasco Fire was dispatched for a fire in the UHaul Storage building at10314 US 19. On arrival smoke was visible and the crew from Engine 11 stretched a line into the building. Arriving companies assisted with the feeder line and the fire was knocked down. Companies remained on scene over an hour to make sure there was no further extension in the building.

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Zephyrhills Squad 2 was built by Fouts Brothers on a 2015 Ford F550 chassis. It carries 400-gallons of water and is rated to flow 250-GPM.

On Saturday, January 30th from 0830 to 1200 hours, the Parrish Fire District (Captain Josh Arnold) coordinated a large hauled water exercise using the Manatee County Tanker Task Force in the new North River Ranch subdivision, located in Parrish, Florida. The drill’s basis was to flow greater than 250 gallons-per-minute of water, out of a master stream device, for two hours without interruption. The source of water to the fire ground scene was a two mile span. The team utilized 4 tankers and 3 engines in a coordinated fashion to complete the expected task. Participating agencies were Parrish Fire District, Duette Fire District, North River Fire District, East Manatee Fire Rescue, and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. The drill demonstrated the capabilities of the Tanker Task Force and the team easily maintained the required fire flow as defined by the Insurance service Offices (ISO).


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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Quickly Knocks Bathroom Fire Oneco, FL - Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue was dispatched for a structure fire on 9th St. Ct. East around 5:00 P.M. on February 18th. On arrival smoke was showing from the duplex structure. The fire was found in the bathroom shortly after and quickly knocked down. Crews checked for extension and vented the house before clearing the scene. There were no reported injuries.

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Bystanders Alert Homeowners to Garage Fire in Port Orange Port Orange, FL - Port Orange Fire Rescue's C-shift crews made an amazing stop on this garage fire on the evening of January 21st. Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire. A bystander and an Amazon delivery driver entered the home and alerted the homeowners. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Three-Car MVA in Palm Harbor Palm Harbor, FL - On February 18th, Palm Harbor responded to this three-car MVA on US 19. Fire officials were on scene attending to the victims, who appeared to have minor injuries. Florida State Police arrived on scene to take over the investigation.

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Is There Meaning to the Madness? Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

Well, we find ourselves well into a new year - 2021. Looking back at 2020 we can only hope that this year will be far less challenging and that things will return to what we have always called “normal.” We have faced civil unrest, economic challenges, political confusion and continue coping with a global pandemic. How do we grow through what we go through? The answer - a healthy perspective, focus and faith. Is there meaning to the madness? I would say YES. Philippians 1:12 (GN) I want

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you to know, my friends, that the things that have happened to me have really helped the progress of the gospel. v18 It does not matter! I am happy about it whether from wrong or right motives. and I will continue to be happy. The background of the story today is that Paul for the last four years has been miserable in circumstances. He just spent two years in prison in for a trumped up charge. Then - on a ship to go to Rome to appear before Nero (notorious for his cruelty to Christians) he's shipwrecked, stranded on an island, bitten by a poisonous snake, continues on to Rome, spends another two years in prison awaiting trial to be executed. During this two year period in Rome he is chained to a guard for 24 hours a day. At this point, most people in our society would wonder if life was worth living. Yet in spite of all of these situations, Paul says in "And I will continue to be happy” (Philippians 1:18). What’s Paul's secret? How does he stay positive in prison, triumphant over troubles and delight in difficulties? How does Paul stay so happy, positive, joyful in spite of the fact that things went wrong in his life? Paul gives us on major reason for joyful living in spite of adverse circumstances The number one reason - a healthy perspective. The truth is, every one of us has been adversity affected by the recent crisis. But the way you look at that problem is much more important than the problem itself. Your perspective makes the all the difference in the world. v12 “I want you to know, my friends, that the things that have happened to me (negatively) have really helped the progress of the gospel.” In other words: I can see the best even in the worst. I can see God at work in the problems and when things don't go my way. If you don't choose your priorities, you'll go around putting out one fire after another, living your life simply from problem to problem and not choosing what's most important. Listen to what Paul said: “It doesn’t matter! I am happy about it, and I will continue to be happy. Was Paul insane? Delirious? No! Paul said he had to set his priorities, his values, not let problems steal his joy. Have a perspective to live from and a priority to live by. Know what is important, and like my wife often tells me - “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Here is the best priority anyone could ever live by: Proverbs 3:6 (LB)"In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success." Is there meaning to the madness? Yes, as long as you put God first (a priority to live by).

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Volusia County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Completes EFO Program Deland, FL - Battalion Chief David Kennedy of Volusia County Fire Rescue has completed the National Fire Academy's (NFA) Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program. This is the flagship program of the NFA providing senior fire officers with a comprehensive approach to the many components of fire and emergency medical services administration. Pictured are Battalion Chief David Kennedy and Fire Chief Howard Bailey.

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Congratulations to Jessica Matthews, who was recently promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief of Daytona Beach Fire Department. Matthews began her career with the Daytona Beach Fire Department in 2006 and has continued to progress through the ranks over the past 15 years. Chief Matthew’s previous assignment was a Lieutenant in the Training Division as well as overseeing the department’s Covid-19 efforts.


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Pasco County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief of Administration Jeremy Sidlauskas has been appointed to the NAEMT Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) Committee.

Deputy Chief of Administration Jeremy Sidlauskas appointed to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Committee for Emergency Pediatric Care Land O Lakes, FL - Pasco County Fire Rescue and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Deputy Chief of Administration Jeremy Sidlauskas to the NAEMT Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) Committee. NAEMT is the largest professional association for EMS practitioners in the United States and focuses on bettering EMS practitioners’ prehospital care and education. Chief Sidlauskas will provide advice and guidance on pediatric medical issues related to the association's activities, including its policies, position statements, programs, and accepted prehospital clinical standards and practice. These standards and policies translate into laying the groundwork for the next generation of educational materials and NAEMT standards aimed at providing the highest level of prehospital care to pediatric patients. This appointment of Chief Sidlauskas follows a career-long drive to better prehospital care and highlights his commitment to EMS advancement for pediatric patients. Chief Sidlauskas holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration, Chief Fire Officer (CFO) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and Executive Fire Officer (EFO) designation from the National Fire

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Academy. For more information on NAEMT, please visit: https://prot e c t us.mimecast.com/s/zBA8Cv2jyW CWzRpDCQe3oL?domain=naemt .org Formed in 1975 and nearly 70,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the nation’s only organization that represents and serves the professional interests of all EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, and other professionals providing prehospital and out-of-hospital emergent, urgent or preventive medical care. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government service agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. NAEMT serves its members by advocating on issues that impact their ability to provide quality patient care, providing high quality education that improves the knowledge and skills of practitioners, and supporting EMS research and innovation. - COREY DIERDORFF


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After several weeks of intense training and education, the Daytona Beach FD is pleased to welcome its 5 newest firefighters. Congratulations to Luis Garcia, Noah Dunbar, Brittney Lawson, Alex Pasciak, and Tyler Dettore!

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Pizzeria Damaged by Fire in Port Orange Port Orange, FL - Port Orange Fire Rescue recently responded to a fire located at the Slyce Pizzeria. After an investigation the cause was determined to be a deep fryer that was not protected by a commercial hood system.

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Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue Battalion Chiefs Chris Gould & Adam Perry at a recent fire.

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Port Orange Fire & Rescue is proud to announce our 2020 Firefighter of the Year, Driver-Engineer Jalin Knutelski. DE Knutelski was honored at a breakfast sponsored by Port Orange, South Daytona, and Daytona Beach Shores Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to Jalin and all the other award recipients of this years awards. Pictured (L to R): Fire Chief Ken Fustin, Jalin Knutelski, Lt. Colleen Fitchett and Divison Chief of Fire Safety Beau Gardner.


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On Friday, 1/8/21, soldiers from B. Co 1-111th Aviation Regiment, Florida Army National Guard conducted annual recurrency training on bambi bucket operations with a CH-47F Chinook helicopter. This training was performed at Cecil Airport’s Lake Fretwell. A 2000-gallon bambi bucket is used with the CH-47F heavy lift helicopter, with a full bucket of water weighing almost 17,000 pounds.

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Southern Manatee Fire Responds to Mixed Occupancy Fire Oneco, FL - As truck checks and house chores were just beginning on February 21st, a call for a structure fire came in on 63rd Ave. East. On arrival companies found heavy black smoke and fire pushing through the roof of the vacant nautical store. As firefighters made their way around to the 'C' side, they found a large recreational vehicle on fire, which was tucked between the buildings. The occupants made it out uninjured along with the family pets. The fire was held to the recreational vehicle, with no extension to the main structure. - WILLIE CIRONE

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The Unknowns VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky

The Unknowns A Documentary Film About America’s Most Sacred Shrine Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $20.00 (DVD) This DVD is approximately 84 minutes in length. It details the background of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is located at Arlington National Cemetery in Fort Myers, Virginia. It is a well organized story about the military volunteers who guard this tomb seven days a week and 365 days a year, regardless of weather. It takes you through the history of the shrine and the painstaking and rigorous training these men and

women are put through who desire to be a part of this guard. Like any other strict training it is a process of elimination which is determined either by the candidates (as they go through their ordeal) or the trainers (when a candidate does not meet the requirements during the training). This video goes through step by step training, routines and behind the scenes such as crew quarters while on duty, reporting, inspections and a vast array of all aspects of guarding the Unknowns. It is precision the likes of which you’ve probably never seen. It’s comforting to know that there are still humans around that are so disciplined. They are also deeply dedicated to their country and to those who gave their lives to defend it. To each who meets the qualifications a badge is presented and stays with that person even after he or she leaves the assignment. However it is pointed out that it can also be revoked at any time if there is reason to believe that the holder is not keeping up to what is expected of them either on or off duty. In short, it is a documentary that is certainly educating and enlightening!

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Oneonta Fire & Rescue Service Chief K. Booth is proud to announce the department's most recent promotion of Jeff Ivey to Assistant Fire Chief. Assistant Chief Ivey brings decades of knowledge and experience with him to his new position. Ivey is retired from Birmingham Fire & Rescue and has served as Lieutenant with Oneonta Fire & Rescue Service. Please join us in congratulating him in his promotion to Assistant Chief.

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