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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Several units from the Daytona Beach Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire on April 15th. As they arrived on scene they observed heavy flames and thick smoke coming through the roof of the house. - See full story on page 14

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(L to R): FF/Paramedic Aiden Perez and Chief Freddy Howell.

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Robins AFB Firefighter B. Beal uses the reciprocating saw to take down a window during training at Building 542.

BRYAN COUNTY, GA BCFES Firefighter/Paramedic Aiden Perez has been named the “Employee of the Quarter” for the 1st Quarter of 2021. FF/Paramedic Perez is with A Shift South Battalion Station 1. He was nominated by several BCFES members, and following are direct quotes from those who nominated him. "FF/Paramedic Perez is a member of our BCFES Dive Team."

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"FF/Paramedic Perez has increasingly proven to be an asset and leader to his shift and the department." "Since obtaining his Paramedic last year, Aiden has shown a passion for his profession through excellent patient care, conducting on-shift EMS training, and used

every opportunity as an educational moment. He has recently obtained his Fire Instructor I and is excited to have been selected to help teach Firefighter II to on-shift personnel." "FF/Paramedic Aiden Perez is a hard worker and always has a positive upbeat attitude." "FF/Paramedic Aiden Perez is a definite asset to BCFES and we congratulate him on a JOB WELL DONE!" - FREDDY HOWELL

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Pooler Fire Rescue operates a 2009 Pierce Arrow XT 2000/300/100' Tower Ladder.

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We all know how important exercise is for a healthy body. Anytime I visit the doctor I pretty much get the same advise - eat well and exercise regularly. I knew that before my appointment but…we already know the right things to do! The problem is we either lack the discipline or have a hard time finding time for these things that are important. Today in our society there are more time-saving devices than any other time in the history of mankind. Yet we still don't seem to have enough time. We're always in a hurry. It’s like the pilot in World War II flying over the Pacific, he radioed back, "I have absolutely no idea where I'm going. I'm lost. But I'm making record time." Have you ever felt that way? Busyness and productivity can be two completely separate things. Sometimes we need to just slow down a bit and get divine direction. Our spiritual health is just as (or more) important than our physical health. In order to stay fit you have to make selections and choices in life. It’s called time management! The Bible has this to say

about time management. Ephesians 5:15,16 (Phillips trans.) "Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days." Well, first we need to make a mental note of the things that matter most in life - that’s prioritizing. Is God in the center of your choices. Are you spiritually fit. 1 Timothy 4;7 (Phillips) says: “Take the time and the trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit.” How do we do that? The best way to start getting spiritually fit is to include God in your daily life. After all, He is our creator and knows exactly the way in which we should go. The Bible is the best source of direction - do you read it? Prayer is the best way to communicate with God - do you talk to Him? The goal is to be fit - body, soul and spirit. It’s not rocket science, it’s actually pretty simple. Let’s line up our priorities and stay fit. Start off by praying: Lord, I know I can’t save time, stretch time or add time to my life, I just have to manage it. Help me Lord to make good use of the time that you have given me. I want to be physically and spiritually fit so I can complete the mission you have given me. I ask you to come into my heart and lead me through life Amen. Thank you for taking the time to read through this message.



Heavy Fire on Arrival on Oliver St. in Atlanta ATLANTA, GA - At 7:20 A.M. on April 3rd, Atlanta AFRD was dispatched to 478 Oliver Street NW (Western Heights) for a house on fire. The first arriving engine on scene reported heavy fire conditions on a residential house. Multiple lines were dropped with a fast attack and searches conducted. Primary and secondary searches were negative, as the house was determined to be vacant at the time of the fire. The cause is now under investigation.

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Robins Air Force Base FD Lieutenant Receives Award WARNER ROBINS, GA - Robins Air Force Base Fire Department Lt. Brian Beal recently received a Certificate of Appreciation award from VFW Post 9998 for his alertness, personal courage and ever efficient guardianship of life & property, including his exceptional community service within the local area and his contribution to his department. Congratulations and job well done!

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Oklahoma: Andrew "Andy" P. Davis, 45 Rank: Major Incident Date: December 9, 2020 Death Date: December 24, 2020 Fire Department: Oklahoma City Fire Department Initial Summary: On December 9, 2020, Major Andrew “Andy” P. Davis contracted COVID-19 while providing emergency medical care to a patient who had tested positive for the virus. Major Davis passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020. West Virginia: Logan Young, 30 Rank: Senior Airman/Firefighter Incident Date: December 27, 2020 Death Date: December 27, 2020 Fire Department: 167th Air Lift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard Fire Department Initial Summary: On Sunday, December 27, 2020, at approximately 0200hrs, Senior Airman/Firefighter Logan Young, responded to a mutual aid call, to a barn fire in Kearneysville, West Virginia. Senior Airman/Firefighter Young was killed while battling the blaze when a beam fell on him. The cause of the fire has been determined as arson and is under investigation.

Pennsylvania: Stephen Sunday, 28 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 20, 2020 Death Date: December 29, 2020 Fire Department: City of Scranton Bureau of Fire Initial Summary: Firefighter Stephen Sunday contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He passed away from the virus on December 29, 2020. Maryland: Bryan "Hammy" P. Hamilton, 42 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: December 14, 2020 Death Date: January 1, 2021 Fire Department: Naval District of Washington Fire and Emergency Services Initial Summary: Firefighter/EMT Bryan “Hammy” P. Hamilton contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. On Friday, January 1, 2021, he passed away at the University of Maryland, Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland, from complications of the virus.

California: George A. Roque, 57 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 2, 2020 Death Date: January 1, 2021 Fire Department: Los Angeles City Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain George A. Roque contracted COVID-19 while on-duty from a patient with a known case of the virus.

North Carolina: Darrell Woodard, 66 Rank: Chief Incident Date: December 3, 2020 Death Date: December 29, 2020 Fire Department: Savannah Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Chief Darrell Woodard responded to a call for a smell of smoke in a building. All four firefighters, including Chief Woodard, that responded to this incident, tested positive for COVID-19. Chief Woodard passed away from the virus on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

Michigan: Roland Brooks, 82 Rank: Chief Incident Date: November 28, 2020 Death Date: December 20, 2020 Fire Department: Grant Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Chief Roland Brooks contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, December 5, 2020 and passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Tennessee: John Howell Clift, 64 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 21, 2020 Death Date: January 2, 2021 Fire Department: Rural Metro Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter John Howell Clift contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He was hospitalized in early December and passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

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Fire Marshal Leslie Adent Retires from Southern Manatee Fire TALLEVAST, FL - After three decades of dedicated service to Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue District, Fire Marshal Leslie Adent retired. Her career began as an on call volunteer firefighter, before working her way up to full time and then to the Fire Prevention Bureau. Once in the Fire Prevention Bureau she continued her schooling, working her way up through the ranks. Fire Marshal Leslie Adent received many awards throughout her career on both state and county levels. Her fire prevention programs that were implemented in the Southern Manatee Fire District had a positive outcome in the community. Pictured is Fire Marshal Leslie Adent receiving the flag flown over the station from Manatee County Honor.


Fire Damages Apartment in Spring Hill SPRING HILL, FL - On April 19th shortly after 7:00 P.M., Spring Hill (Hernando County) Firefighters responded to a fire in an apartment building at 8225 Omaha Circle. On arrival smoke was visible from the top floor apartment. The first due engine stretched a line to the fire apartment and quickly extinguished the fire. Firefighters performed a primary and secondary search of the top floors and then performed ventilation. Fire officials remained on scene for about one hour. The Red Cross was called in to assist the family.

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Daytona Beach Firefighters Rescue Large Bird from Tree DAYTONA BEACH, FL - On April 12th, a crew of Daytona Beach Firefighters used a ladder to climb over 20-feet up a tree to rescue a large bird that was injured and unable to fly. Once the firefighters caught the bird and brought it down, they noticed that it had a fishing line wrapped around its beak. They cut the fishing line and were able to release the bird.


City of Ocoee Fire Rescue operates a 2018 Ford F450/Wheeled Coach Ambulance.


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Valerie Leitschuh was selected into the 2021 Fire Service Executive Development Institute. FORT MYERS, FL - In March, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced that Assistant Chief Valerie Leitschuh of the Fort Myers Fire Department has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). Valerie Leitschuh competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country and Canada to become a member of the 2021 cohort program. Leitschuh currently holds the rank of Assistant Chief with the City of Fort Myers Fire Department, serving the citizens of Lee County, Florida for nearly 30 years. In the 120 years of Fire Service, Fort Myers, like many fire departments, had few women in their ranks. None moved past the rank of firefighter until January 2000, when Leitschuh became the first female Engineer. Leitschuh continued to advance as Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief, and now Assistant Chief. In 2018, Valerie was the voted by her peers as the City of Fort Myers Employee of the year. Her father and grandfather were both Fire Chiefs in her hometown of Litchfield, Illinois. The Fire Service Executive Development Institute is a yearlong leadership development

program created and implemented by the IAFC to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures. The members of the cohort will meet virtually until they are allowed in-person sessions. The group communicates between sessions using an online community.

Daytona Beach Family Visits Firefighters After House Fire DAYTONA BEACH, FL After a scary experience with a house fire while cooking, a local family visited the firefighters who responded to their home. While cooking pancakes on a Sunday morning, a JUMP TO FILE# grease fire began at 041221110 a Daytona Beach residence that quickly spread to the cabinets above the stove. The family called 9-1-1 and within minutes two fire engines were there to extinguish the fire. The couple, including their two children, were scared but not injured and had little damage to their kitchen. Following the incident, the family reached out to Daytona Beach Fire Department to not only visit the firefighters and thank them, but also to learn more about fire safety and share the important information with the readers of the mother’s successful blog. The firefighters showed the children all of their tools on the truck and talked to the family about cooking safety and escape plans. - SASHA STATON


Daytona Beach family visits firefighters after house fire.

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“Our Fire Department is proud of this landmark accomplishment in the career of such a trailblazer,” said Chief Tracy McMillion. “We are eager to experience the enhanced development this program will have in the life of Assistant Chief Leitschuh, our Fire Department and the City of Fort Myers,” said Chief McMillion. This is the ninth year that the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the program. The IAFC's Fire Service Executive Development Program is the premier career- and leadershipdevelopment program in the fire and rescue services thanks to the generous support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Many officers from the previous programs have been successful in achieving fire chief positions and are effectively leading fire departments throughout the country.


Pasco County Truck 1 operates a 2019 Emergency One Cyclone 100' platform. This apparatus carries 300-gallons of water and is rated to pump 2000-GPM. Truck 1 runs out of Fire Station 30.

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Tamarac Fire Rescue Promotion TAMARAC, FL - Tamarac Plans Examiner Rebecca Geimer was promoted on April 12, 2021, becoming the Assistant Fire Marshal within the Community Risk Reduction Division. Geimer has been with the department since 2005 and with the Community Risk Reduction division since 2016. Assistant Fire Marshal Geimer is currently the Secretary for the Fire Inspectors Association of Broward County (FIABC) and was the recipient of the 2018 Fire Inspector of the Year Award from the Fire Inspectors Association of Broward County, and was also named Fire Inspector of the Year in 2019 from the Florida Fire Chiefs Association (FFCA). Congratulations Assistant Fire Marshal Geimer!


Change of Leadership in Southern Manatee Fire District MANATEE COUNTY, FL - Southern Manatee Fire Rescue held a Change of Leadership ceremony to celebrate Chief Brian Gorski, a 45-year veteran of the fire service stepping down and passing responsibility to incoming Fire Chief Robert Bounds, Jr., who has been with Southern Manatee Fire Rescue for 25 years. Chief Gorski became Southern Manatee Fire Rescue’s Chief in 2013 after serving 30+ years as Fire Chief of Sarasota and Englewood Fire Control District. Chief Gorski and Chief Bounds have worked side by side for six years, in which time the district has made tremendous advances in technologies and service deliveries to include advanced life support, hazardous materials response, and many other areas. Pictured is the new incoming Chief, Robert Bounds, Jr., being sworn in.

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Cocoa Beach Engine 51 currently runs with a 2019 Sutphen Monarch 1500-GPM pumper. This rig carries 750-gallons of water and 30-gallons of foam. It replaced a 2003 Pierce Dash 2000/500/20A/40B. The older pumper will be retained as a spare.


Cocoa Beach Engine 51


Former CBFR Engine 51

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Plantation Fire Department Promotes Two Veteran Paramedics PLANTATION, FL - The Plantation Fire Department recently promoted two veteran paramedics to officer’s positions within the Rescue (EMS) Division, Fire Chief Donald Todd announced. Jennifer (Jenny) JUMP TO FILE# Bostwick was pro- 032621108 moted to the position of Shift Captain. Bostwick joined the Department in 2010. She was promoted Lieutenant in 2017. Bostwick earned Associate Degrees in both EMS and Nursing. She has her Fire Officer I and Fire Instructor I certificates. Jenny was recognized in 2018 for saving the life of her neighbor, while off duty at home. As well as continuing to serve on a Rescue unit, Bostwick will serve as the backup and assistant to the D Shift Battalion Chief. Jose Cruz was promoted to the position of Lieutenant. Cruz joined the Department as a Part-Time Paramedic in 2012. He was hired full-time in 2015. He was promoted to Crew Chief in 2018. Jose earned his Associates Degree in EMS from Keiser College in 2011. Cruz will be in charge of a Rescue unit on C shift. PLANTATION FIRE DEPARTMENT







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Reedy Creek Fire Rescue Disney World operates a 2013 Ford F550 175/300 Brush Truck.

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue recently held a Change of Leadership ceremony. Pictured are Chief Brian Gorski, who is retiring after 45 years of service, and Chief Robert Bounds, Jr., who will be taking the top spot in the department.


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A bowl full of flavor… One of my favorite things to cook and eat are “bowls”, which you may see on menus all over a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

these days. Typically made with grains and topped with proteins and vegetables, they have become more popular in recent years with the explosion in health conscious eaters. The beauty of them is that they are not only usually healthy, but also convenient at that. With our seemingly never ending busy schedules, the “bowl” is the perfect “on the go” meal. There are no rules when it comes to these, so use your imagination, whatever you have in the fridge and get creative. Lamb is a protein that I don’t eat often but when I do, I like to

use assertive flavors because lamb can stand up to it. The most popular cuts are certainly chops and leg, but ground lamb is extremely versatile as well. Many supermarkets carry it, although it may take some searching for. It makes a great burger, but in this case cooks up perfectly for this Curry-spiced Lamb Bowl with Sweet Potato. Cooking the meat until it just starts to brown and then breaking it up with a spoon helps keep some texture, getting little crispy bits which we all love. And like I said earlier about assertive flavor, you can’t get more assertive than curry. The big misconception is that curry is one type of stew or sauce, when in fact it is neither. The term has so many meanings it’s almost meaningless! Different cuisines use various ingredients in their curry, depending on if the curry is in paste, powder or sauce form. Most easily accessible in most su-

permarkets is the powder, where it is usually found in the “International” aisle. A typical curry powder has turmeric, which lends a yellow color, chile powder, ground ginger and coriander, black pepper and cumin. All of these flavors pair really well with lamb, so it’s perfect for this dish. The addition of the Garlic-Lemon Yogurt adds some extra fat to the lean lamb and the acidity of the pickled onions cuts through the lamb’s richness. It’s a well balanced meal with the addition of sweet potato, which adds fiber and a touch of sweetness, to counter the heat of the curry. If you are not afraid of flavor, definitely give this one a shot! And if lamb isn’t your thing, substitute with ground pork or even chicken.


Megan & John Meyers, who just got married last October, have been working prescribed fires for years. John works for Makkya State Park as an Environmental Specialist, while Megan works for Sarasota County as an Environmental Specialist. This month they finally got to burn on the same fire together for the first time.

Ingredients: 1lb. Ground Lamb 2 tsp. Curry Powder Salt, to taste 2 Cups Kale, chopped 1 Clove Garlic, chopped 2 Sweet Potato, halved Optional:Chili Powder and Fresh Herbs for garnish (Cilantro, dill and/or parsley) EVOO Yogurt: ½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt 1 Clove Garlic 1 Lemon Salt, to taste EVOO Pickled Onions: 1/2 Red Onion, thin sliced 1.5 Cups White Vinegar 2 tsp. Salt ¼ Cup Sugar

-For the onions: place the sliced onions in a small bowl. Put the vinegar in a small pot over medium-high heat. When it starts to simmer, add the salt and sugar, stir to dissolve. Pour the vinegar over the onions and set aside to cool.

-For the sweet potato: place a steamer basket or colander in a large pot. Add water until it reaches 1 inch below the bottom of the basket. Put the sweet potatoes in the steamer basket and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium and allow the potatoes to steam until you can insert a paring knife without resistance, about 20 minutes.

-In the same pan over medium-high heat, add a drizzle of EVOO. When the oil is shimmering add the ground lamb and press down with a spatula. Cook for 2-3 minutes, untouched or until the lamb starts to brown. Sprinkle it with curry powder and a pinch of salt. Break up the lamb with the spatula and add the kale back to the pan. Sauté until lamb is just cooked through, another minute or 2.

-For the yogurt: combine the yogurt, juice of lemon and microplaned/minced garlic in a small bowl. Add a pinch of salt and drizzle of EVOO, stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside.

-For the lamb: Heat a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, add a drizzle of EVOO. Stir in the garlic and kale, sauté for a couple of minutes until the kale is wilted. Remove to a bowl and set aside.

-Assemble the bowl: spoon the yogurt in the bowl, set the sweet potato on top and sprinkle with salt. Top with the lamb and pickled onions. Garnish with chili powder and herbs.


Dog Rescue in Daytona Beach DAYTONA BEACH, FL - After hearing reports of a dog stuck in a storm drain on April 12th, Daytona Beach Firefighters immediately started rescue attempts. They climbed down through a manhole, however, the dog was scared and began running through the sewer in the opposite direction. Firefighters tried to go after her, but the space was too tight to fit. After utilizing members of the department’s Technical Rescue Team, the firefighters were eventually able to capture the dog and reunite it with her owner.


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Resident Found Uninjured After Fire Consumes Home in Daytona Beach DAYTONA BEACH, FL Several units from the Daytona Beach Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire on April 15th. As they arrived JUMP TO FILE# on scene they ob- 041521104 served heavy flames and thick smoke coming through the roof of the house. Multiple engines attacked the fire and conducted a search to ensure all occupants were out of the home. They confirmed that the resident was at a neighbor's house and was uninjured. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the surrounding houses. - SASHA STATON

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HOLIDAY, FL - On April 9thth, Pasco County Fire Rescue responded to the area of Anclote High School in Holiday for a reported brush fire. JUMP TO FILE# At the time of the 042221101 initial dispatch, firefighters encountered an approximate one-acre brush fire. Command on the scene quickly called for the Florida Forest Service to assist with tractors and additional units to respond to the scene due to dry conditions. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and were met with strong winds that pushed the fire deeper into the woods. Command on the scene called for mutual aid help from surrounding departments and aerial support from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office with water drop operations. Additional fire units were placed in the Key Vista neighborhood to protect homes.


Command decided to evacuate 10 homes near the fire line due to the fire's strong winds and fastmoving nature. Thankfully our on-

scene strategy worked, and there was no damage to any homes. It took approximately six hours to knock the 20-acre Brush Fire

down. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - COREY DIERDORFF

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Major Motor Vehicle Accident in Daytona Beach DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Firefighters treated multiple patients that sustained serious injuries as a result of a major motor vehicle accident in Daytona Beach on April 15th. The two vehicles involved crashed on a main roadway, and one flipped on its side into the grass. Crews had to extricate the patients and they were transported to the hospital.



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Pasco County Fire Rescue Installs Knox Boxes PASCO COUNTY, FL - Pasco County Community Risk Reduction team recently partnered with Senior Services and Pasco County Community Development to provide Knox Rapid Access Systems to 20 at-risk seniors throughout Pasco County. “Knox Boxes” are small, wall-mounted safes that hold building keys for fire departments and emergency medical services to retrieve in emergencies. The Knox boxes were provided to the seniors at no cost through a Community Develop-

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ment Block Grant and installed by Pasco County Fire Rescue. Pasco County Fire Rescue is committed to assisting seniors in our community any way that we can! To learn more about the Pasco County Fire Rescue residential Knox Box program, visit https://www.pascocountyfl.net/34 26/Residential-Access-Box - COREY DIERDORFF

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Broward County Engine 4, proudly serving Deerfield Beach, operates a 2020 Pierce The Northrop Grumman facility in Melbourne has placed a 2020 Emergency One Titan Velocity PUC 1500-GPM pumper. It carries 750-gallons of water and 25-gallons of in to service. The new "Truck 19" has a 3000-GPM pump. Its cargo includes 3170foam. gallons of water, 445-gallons of foam and 460 HT.



Melbourne Engine 76 is a 2020 Sutphen Monarch 1500-GPM pumper. It carries 750- Hernando County has taken delivery of two 2020 Freightliner 108-SD/Sutphen 3000gallons of water and 30-gallons of foam. gallon tankers with 1000-GPM pumps. This one is assigned to Tender 12.



Hardee County Fire Rescue has placed a 2020 Pierce Impel 1250/1000 in to service Jacksonville Fire Rescue has recently placed into service a 2019 Pierce Enforcer as Engine 2. custom cab pumper as Engine 62.

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Skirball Fire VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky

Skirball Fire December, 2017 By Firestorm HD Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 433 Main Street Hudson, MA 01749 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $12.95 (DVD) This DVD is approximately 31 minutes in length. It involves a wildland fire in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles City that destroyed six houses, damaged 12 others and destroyed 422 acres on

the slopes of the Sepulveda Pass. It was one of many wildland fires in Southern California during the month of December. It involves much activity of both fixed wing and rotary aircraft from a number of agencies, dropping water and chemical to combat these fires. Engine companies are seen stretching hoselines and advancing streams at brush and into houses that have been evacuated and are being destroyed. Many nice houses and other property, such as automobiles, fell victim to this horrible and fast-moving fire propelled by the Santa Ana winds. In one instance a deck gun is deployed from an elevated position down onto brush that is actively burning. Thankfully, some of these areas had hydrants or the deck gun operation would not have been possible. It is not a long DVD, but it's packed full of heavy engagement of firefighting forces.

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Orange County Fire Rescue Battles House Fire After Thunderstorms ORLANDO, FL - Orange County Fire Rescue operated at a structure fire on Shoreline Dr., in the Dr. Phillips area, on April 11th. Central Florida JUMP TO FILE# emergency services 041121112 were kept busy from Saturday night until Sunday afternoon as a line of severe thunderstorms crossed the area, generating a higher than normal call volume. - DAVID BURNS



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Daytona Firefighters Respond to Vehicle vs. Trash Truck DAYTONA BEACH, FL - On April 12th, Daytona Beach firefighters extricated the driver of a vehicle that hit a trash truck head-on. The patient was a Trauma Alert and traffic was blocked at a major intersection as crews worked to assess injuries and damage.

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PBFCR Admin Holds 1st Annual Retiree Appreciation Luncheon WEST PALM BEACH, FL - The administration of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue held their first annual Retiree Appreciation Luncheon in the training bays of HQ on April 9th. There was a good showing of retirees that attended, including myself. There were three Chiefs in attendance, the current Chief Reginald Duren, the first Chief of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Herman Brice, and Chief Steven Jerauld. There were plenty of war stories floating around and catching up with what friends have been doing. We are already looking forward to next year's luncheon. Pictured is current Chief Reginald Duren saying a few words to the attendees.

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