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Crews Battle Two Simultaneous Fires in Battalion Five
Battalion Chief Doug McGlynn. Posted on June 24th , 2016

On June 11th shortly after 5pm a severe thunderstorm moved through the south county region resulting in significant lightening across Battalion 5. Reports of an apartment building fire presented with heavy smoke and fire venting through the roof by arriving crews in the Boca Point community. Crews aggressively attacked the fire from the interior including truck company functions and aerial operations. Command declared a second alarm, instituted Level II Staging and set up a Division 2 in order to bring the fire under control.

Shortly after this another structure fire was suspected as reports for an investigation call came in from smoke coming from another building almost 2 blocks away. Crews from the staging area and the 4th Battalion arrived at the second call to also find a two-story apartment building with heavy fire showing through the roof. Groups and divisions were established along with roof operations in order to bring this second working fire under control including the exposed gable ends. L47 was positioned to mop up with an aerial master stream before the fire was determined out. Investigators are still determining cause and origin.

Good job by the crews from Battalion 4 and 5 on working hard and together on these two demanding structure fires.

PBCFR at Career Day for Palm Beach PACE Program for Girls
Captain Amanda Vomero. Posted on June 23rd , 2016

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 the Recruitment section along with Traci Moore and Jen Kleier participated in a career day at the Palm Beach PACE Program for Girls.

The foundation of PACE is a gender-responsive culture that provides a safe environment that celebrates girls. PACE offers services that take into account how girls learn and develop and celebrates each girl's strengths and challenges.

We had a great morning at PACE. Thank you to Traci Moore for the referral!

Public Education Section Teaches CPR to over 500 People
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on June 15th , 2016

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue's Public Education section recently helped train over 500 TBC Corporation employees in hands only CPR. Captain Bob Smallacombe along with Jeff Heinz, Elyse Brown and Marvin Hubert spent three days training the employees on this very valuable life saving skill. Studies have shown that effective bystander CPR can double or triple the chances of survival of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. The department has worked jointly with the American Heart Association by providing free CPR training at many local events throughout this past year.


The two steps to remember are:
1. Call 911
2. Push hard and fast on the center of the chest until emergency personnel arrive.

Riviera Beach Warehouse Command and Control CountywideTraining
Captain Steve Trimble. Posted on June 15th , 2016

Recently, Riviera Beach Fire Rescue and the City of Riviera Beach hosted a Command and Control training at a 73,000 SF warehouse facility in Riviera Beach. The goal of this Command and Control exercise was to train and educate officers in managing large, complex incidents by organizing resources, developing strategies, and managing tactical operations and interagency coordination.

Building a strategic command team while working with other agencies can sometimes be challenging, but is necessary to establish a manageable span-of-control and provide for comprehensive resource management for all qualifying incidents, especially high risk, low frequency ones.

Participants worked in a strategic decision-making exercise to identify the problems, communicate clear objectives, and implement simple plans to manage a large scale warehouse incident. Over 70 officers from Riviera Beach FR, Greenacres FR, Palm Beach Gardens FR, West Palm Beach FR and Palm Beach County FR attended the training.

The instructors were from the Fire Training Officers of the Palm Beaches that is supported by the Fire Chiefs Association. Thanks to instructors Chief Ken Brack, Chief James Schaffner, Chief Sammy Haubert, Chief Dan Millstone, Captain John Curd, Captain Tim Alvin and Captain Steve Trimble.


Special thanks to Riviera Beach Fire Rescue and the city of Riviera Beach for hosting.

Station Thirty Three and Public Education at Harmony in the Streets Camp
Fire Safety Specialist Marvin Hubert. Posted on June 10th , 2016

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews from Station 33 and our Public Education section participated in Harmony in the Streets Camp recently held in unincorporated West Palm Beach. The camp sponsored by the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch Inc. and PBSO provided a five day camp experience for local neighborhood children. The children were excited to learn about fire safety, meet the firefighters, and get the opportunity to check the Engine and Rescue out.
Thank you D/S Aston Willis (PBSO) and coordinator Lakeisha Green with PBSO's JFO program for inviting our units to the camp.

City of South Bay Honors Battalion Chief Sam Haubert
Battalion Chief Pat Kennedy. Posted on June 9th , 2016

Battalion Chief Samuel Haubert was recognized on June 7th, 2016 by the City of South Bay, for his honorable service to the Citizens of South Bay and The Glades area. A proclamation was read reflecting Chief Haubert's years of service and his contribution to the citizens he served. The Commissioners offered many thanks for his service and acknowledged the great work of Battalion 7 personnel.

Recruit Class Sixty Two Orange to Black Ceremony
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on June 7th , 2016

On June 1, 2016 Recruit Class 62 completed their one year of probation and in an "Orange to Black" ceremony class members were awarded their black helmet shields signifying they were no longer probationary firefighters. Congratulations to everyone!

Battalion Four Training
Captain Joe Bostic. Posted on June 7th , 2016

Since January of 2015, Battalion 4 has initiated a training program to all shifts that has embodied every aspect of functional fire training. The idea of this program was taken from the departments ICOPs Class and slicing it up and formatted so that it would be organized enough to be on duty training. It was also taken a bit further so that the company officers of the involved shifts were the ones teaching the battalion their disciplines. For example, Lieutenants were teaching their respective duties such as forcible entry and search and rescue. Captains were teaching Firefighter survival, hose management, SCBA functions, VES, etc. The ladder truck was teaching vertical ventilation. Also, drivers were teaching driver functions. LFTIs were teaching live fire, so on and so forth. The beauty of this training program is that it is dynamic, flexible and could be adopted by any shift of any battalion and be utilized for all of our firefighting personnel. The disciplines that this training program included in order are SCBA / firefighter survival, forcible entry, hose management, search and rescue / TIC, ladders / VES, vertical ventilation and live fire drills. The way that this program is built is that it takes each of these disciplines and it is structured in 2 hour skill stations. It starts with SCBA. After the entire shift completed SCBA, then we would move on to the next discipline, hitting on the discipline that we learned prior as well. It is built brick by brick and each discipline is reinforced throughout its entirety. After all skill stations have been completed by the entire shift, the 'finale' if you will, are live fire exercises where we would put all of what we trained on together in multi company live fire evolutions.
Battalion 4 has proudly kicked this thing off in January of 2015 on "B" shift. It ran from January through May of 2015. We carried it over to "A" shift this year (2016) from January to May, and we are going to start on "C" shift in 2017.
There has been a ton of hard work, dedication, leadership and commitment shown by all of the employees of battalion 4 over the past 2 years. We were very proud to have stations such as 33, 91, 37 and all of battalion 5 join in so that we can all reach our goals together, get on the same page and form 1 united fire department.
All of this training has been evident in our performance not only in training scenarios but more importantly on some of the recent high risk calls that we have been handling in our respective zones. Also, the great thing that this training has done is that it has imparted a certain confidence within each of us. We have pride and ownership in our profession and we are very proud to call Battalion Four our own!

Crews Battle Tractor Trailer Fire on Turnpike
Chief Dan Teems. Posted on June 2nd , 2016

Crews from Station 34 and Station 32 battled a tractor trailer fire on the southbound lanes of the Florida turnpike during the early morning hours on Thursday May 26th. First arriving crews found a fully involved Cab with saddle tanks that had burned thru and approximately 120 gallons of fuel spilled. Crews were able to get the fire under control quickly and DEP was notified to address environmental concerns of the spill.
Great job by all crews on this fire! E34, R34, SO34, BC34, EMS34, E32

Career Day at Cypress Trails Elementary
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on May 26th , 2016

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Bureau of Safety Services Public Education Section recently participated in Career Day at Cypress Trails Elementary within the Village of Royal Palm Beach. Fire Safety Specialist Marvin Hubert with assistance from Station 28 personnel helped educate the children on the importance of fire safety and the many different careers available in the Fire Service. One of the crew members in attendance, Brian Reagle, was participating both as a Firefighter/Paramedic and a parent of one of the students. The students all enjoyed the presentation and the crews are already looking forward to attending Career Day next year!

Career Day at Cypress Trails Elementary
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on May 26th , 2016

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Bureau of Safety Services Public Education Section recently participated in Career Day at Cypress Trails Elementary within the Village of Royal Palm Beach. Fire Safety Specialist Marvin Hubert with assistance from Station 28 personnel helped educate the children on the importance of fire safety and the many different careers available in the Fire Service. One of the crew members in attendance, Brian Reagle, was participating both as a Firefighter/Paramedic and a parent of one of the students. The students all enjoyed the presentation and the crews are already looking forward to attending Career Day next year!

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