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USAR Rope Rescue Operations Class Held at PBCFR Regional Training Center
Captain Brad Havrilla. Posted on October 21st , 2014

Congratulations to the first USAR Rope Rescue Operations class delivered by the Training and Safety Division. Members completed 40 hrs of NFPA 1670 curriculum which included three written quizzes, a knot tying skill station and a final exam. Students spent long days raising, lowering, rappelling, and setting up rope rescue systems. More Operations Level and Technician level classes to follow.

Fire Rescue Hosting 30th Anniversary Celebration
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on October 16th , 2014

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the department will host a celebration on Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 405 Pike Road, West Palm Beach.
This will be a fun family event with tours of the fire training center, safety displays, Jaws of Life and firefighting demonstrations, a children's entertainment area, and much more.
Kids will be able to meet Fire Rescue firefighters, take photos in fire gear, and go "trunk or treating" with the firefighters. Free food and drinks will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, contact Capt. Albert Borroto at 616-7077, aborroto@pbcgov.org

PBCFR Employee Honored in Star Spangled Heroes Exibit
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on October 16th , 2014

Star Spangled Heroes: A Tribute to Local Military Heroes and the US Military
With an estimated 115,000 US military Veterans residing in Palm Beach County, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation will recognize Veterans in an exhibition accompanied by programs and events on military service from October 11 through December 7, 2014 at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.
The photograph exhibition, entitled Star Spangled Heroes, highlights Veterans for their exemplary service and includes military memorabilia.
One of the veterans highlighted in the exhibit is Charlotte Rebillard from our Training Division. Her name is on the Wall of Honor and several pieces of military items on display are from her personal collection.
If you're in the downtown area stop by and see this great exhibit honoring our local Veterans.

Vehicle Crash in Boca Damages Fire Station Sign
Lieutenant Anthony Faso. Posted on October 14th , 2014

In the early morning hours on October 5, 2014, the crew from PBCFR Station 53 in suburban Boca Raton was woken up by a loud boom outside their station. The station officer looked out her window to find a car that had crashed into the front cement sign designating Fire Station 53. The crew responded and arrived within seconds to find a single vehicle that spun out of control with heavy damage and a trapped driver. The Jaws of Life and other extricating tools were used to free the driver. He was quickly transported as a Trauma Alert to the nearest trauma center.

2014 IAFF Memorial in Colorado Springs
Captain Steen Eriksson. Posted on October 14th , 2014

On September 20, 2014, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue was represented at the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs by the Pipes & Drums and Honor Guard.

This year, the names of 136 firefighters were memorialized on the granite wall that is the centerpiece of the Memorial Park, which is now in the process of a complete make-over that started after this year's event.

The totally redesigned Memorial site will be completed in time for the 2015 Memorial Remembrance, at which time our own District Chief Glen Kimberly (ret) will have his name added to the wall.

Attending: District Capt. John Flynn, Capt. Steen Eriksson (ret), Lt. Lee Forshner, Lt. Leilani Kamalu, DO Ed Peek, FF/PM Khristy Osment and FF/PM Matt Poulin.

Young Marine Recruit Graduation 2014
Captain Amanda Vomero. Posted on October 9th , 2014

On Wednesday October 8, 2014 Bob Smallacombe and Captain Amanda Vomero attended the Young Marines recruit graduation and accepted an award on behalf of the department. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is a proud supporter of the Young Marines and we wish all of their members a healthy, bright, successful future!

2014 Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial
Captain Steen Eriksson . Posted on October 8th , 2014

On October 03, 2014, six Florida firefighters were memorialized and had their names added to the LODD memorial located in the courtyard of the Florida State Fire College in Ocala.

Florida CFO / Fire Marshall Jeff Atwater was the keynote speaker for the ceremony that had 200 Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums members representing police and fire departments from throughout Florida.

Once again this year, Jack Norris was asked to produce the official video of the event for the Florida State Fire College and Fire Marshall's office.

Attending: Capt. John Fischer (ret) for P&D and Capt. Steen Eriksson (ret) for HG.

Engine Company 33 Rescues Frightened Kitten from Storm Drain
District Chief James Guyn/ Captain Christopher DeVito. Posted on September 29th , 2014

On Sunday night September 29, 2014 at crews from Station 33 responded to reports of a kitten that had fallen into a storm drain near the intersection of Congress Ave and Southern Blvd. On arrival Engine Company 33 investigated and could hear the cries of the frightened kitten eight feet down, standing in the drain pipe. District Chief 10 and Palm Beach County Animal care and Control were called out to the location to assist with the rescue. Firefighter Mierzwa climbed down into the storm drain and placed a trap with sardines for the kitten. After several attempts, the scared kitten climbed into the cage and was safely lifted up to be reunited with a very grateful owner.

Great job by everyone involved in this rescue. Engine 33 ( Captain DeVito, Driver/Operator Parker, Firefighter/Paramedic Mierza) District Chief Guyn, Animal Care & Control Officer Dana Weisberger.

PBCFR Reserve Battalion Donates Life Jackets to PBC Parks and Recreation Department
Battalion Chief Kevin Rattey. Posted on September 18th , 2014

The PBCFR Reserve Battalion donated 36 youth size life jackets to the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, Therapeutic Recreation Program, at The Gleneagles Country Club Aquatic Center located in the CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex in Lake Worth. The jackets were obtained from a grant awarded to the Battalion last year from the National Safe Boating Council.
This facility is open to the public; however their primary focus is providing recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. They offer adapted swimming lessons for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Their Special Olympics Swim team practices at this facility twice a week. They also offer a sailing program for individuals with Disabilities at Okeeheelee Park from January to May. For more information, please go to the link below:
http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/therapeutic_recreation/swimming_pool/

Battalion 5 Crews Fight Early Morning Fire
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on September 17th , 2014

At 545am on Saturday September 13 Battalion 5 crews responded to reports of a fire on the 19000 block of Sea Pines Way. Callers reported that there was nobody home but they could see smoke from a home. First arriving firefighters reported flames and smoke from the roof and side of a single family home. Crews quickly entered the structure to locate the fire and performed primary searches to make sure there were no occupants inside the home. At one point during firefighting efforts crews had to pull out of the structure due to the roof becoming unsafe.

Fire investigators have determined that this fire was caused by a lightning strike.

Great job by all crews on this fire!

Battalion 5 Crews Battle Fire in Four Story Apartment Building
Captain Albert Borroto/Photos Courtesy Captain Schainuck. Posted on September 17th , 2014

At 12 noon on September 12 crews from Battalion 5 responded to the 9300 block of SW 8th St. to reports of flames from the window of a second floor apartment. Responding crews reported dark black smoke visible several blocks away. First arriving crews reported flames from the front and side of a four story building. Fire crews quickly initiated an offensive fire attack entering the second floor of the building, located the fire and brought it under control.

Great job by all crews on this fire!

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