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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!

PBC Mayor Berger Swears in New Battalion Chief to her District
Battalion Chief Rich Ellis/ Photo Courtesy Ken Lassiter. Posted on May 23rd , 2016

PBC Mayor Marylou Berger, Commissioner to District 5 in the South County region, sworn in her new Battalion Chief, Doug McGlynn as Battalion Four. Chief Rich Ellis made the announcement to the crowd of 250 people at last week's COBWRA (Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations) Meeting where the ceremony took place. Mayor Berger served the honor among her colleagues, key delegates and legislators such as Senator Jeff Clemens, DA Dave Aronberg, House Rep. Irv Slosberg, Commissioner Vana and many of her civic and community leaders of the Boynton Beach area. Words of wisdom were bestowed upon Chief McGlynn by Madam Mayor before posing for a group photo with the COBWRA President and board. Good luck to both Chief(s) Ellis & McGlynn in their new positions.

Crews Battle Commercial Fire in Battalion Seven
Captain Albert Borroto/Photos Courtesy Lieutenant Brian Croes. Posted on May 18th , 2016

On Monday night May 9th, when most are preparing to watch the 11pm evening news, crews from Battalion Seven were called to reports of a fire on Rardin Avenue in Pahokee. First arriving Fire Companies reported a large commercial building with heavy flames and smoke showing. Within minutes of arrival the building was fully involved and defensive operations were started. During firefighting operations there was a roof collapse and a partial wall collapse. Fire crews were challenged with extinguishing the fire and also protecting three exposures from the high heat and heavy flames. Crews had the large warehouse fire under control after tirelessly fighting the flames for several hours.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Fire investigators were called to determine the cause of this fire.

Battalion Five Crews Have Busy Night with Two Major Crashes
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on May 18th , 2016

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion Five had a busy evening on Tuesday May 17. Within minutes of each other units were called to two significant vehicle crashes. Firefighters had to utilize extrication equipment and one of our Truck companies with crews trained in advanced extrication techniques. The injured where cared for and transported to hospitals within minutes of the crews arriving. Great job by all crews involved.

National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Honor Two PBCFR Employees
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on May 18th , 2016

Congratulations to Captain Phillip Olavarria and Lieutenant Kyle Ventry on recently being honored by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. They were presented with medals and certificates at the luncheon in recognition for their accomplishments and contributions in protecting lives and property.

PBCFR at Career Day Gove Elementary School
Fire Safety Specialist Marvin Hubert. Posted on May 18th , 2016

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue recently participated in the Career Day event at Gove Elementary School in Belle Glade. Crews from Station 73 and Fire Safety Specialist Marvin Hubert, from the Bureau of Safety Services, provided the students with presentations demonstrating the importance of math and reading in the fire service. The children were also given explanations on fire science and fire safety. All the children loved the interaction with the firefighters and promised to continue to study hard. The firefighters are already looking forward to next year's event.

Charlotte's Last Day at Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
Division Chief James Schaffner. Posted on May 3rd , 2016

Friday, 29 April was Charlotte Rebillard's last day after over 30 years with Palm Beach County. She served in the Training Division.

Originally from Connecticut, Charlotte served in the U.S. Air Force from 1974 - 1978 as a morse code intercept operator. When she got out, she moved to West Palm Beach. She has been a Life Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, local Chapter #25, for over 30 years. She has been active locally, at the State level and at the National level in Washington, DC.

For over eight years, Charlotte has been a member of a local organization, Palm Beach County Veterans Committee, that hosts two major events each year: V.A. National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony and the City of West Palm Beach Veterans Day Parade.

Ms. Rebillard started with Palm Beach County October 29, 1984, with the Equal Opportunity Section of the H.R. Department. Nine months later, Chief Bob Bean hired her in the Bureau as the Secretary to schedule all fire inspections. She transferred to the Training & Safety Division when Chief Randy Sheppard became the Training Chief back in the early/mid 90's.

Prior to the Awards Banquets, there only use to be the EMS Banquets. Charlotte spoke with Bonnie Stein and they went to Chief Brice together asking about having some sort of event for everyone else within Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The Awards Committee was formed and it's been an annual event ever since!

Congratulations Charlotte Rebillard! And here's wishing you a long and Happy Retirement!

Station 73 Participates in Walk a Kid to School Day in Belle Glade
Battalion Chief Sam Haubert. Posted on May 2nd , 2016

Crews from station 73 participated in the annual walk-to-school event at Glades Day School in Belle Glade. P.B.C.F.R. members and teachers walked along with the children in observance of Earth Day. Each student was made a Jr. Fire Marshal as well as the teachers! Later in the morning, the companies from #73 staffed a booth at Glades Central High School Career Day where we were able to communicate with hundreds of students interested in public service careers. It was a great morning devoted to some of our most important customers and future leaders!

PBCFR at Combat Challenge FDIC 2016
District Chief Ken Sehres. Posted on April 26th , 2016

This year at the Fire Department Instructor Conference & Exhibition (FDIC) in Indianapolis, once again, the Firefighter Combat Challenge was conducted. There were over 130 firefighters competing. The venerable firefighter Aaron Piering of Station 30 A-shift finished strong as always having competed in the top events for several years now. He made the stairs look like an escalator at high speed. For the first time, rookie firefighter Marc Rice from District 10 B-shift made a spectacular run that rivaled the competitiveness of those more experienced. If you've ever watched this event then you understand that technique and process is just as important as physical brawn. Both Piering and Rice dragged and maneuvered the charged hose with precision. Thank you to both firefighters (wearing the white helmets) for their passionate representation of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in a very demanding demonstration of our job skills.

Congratulations Recruit Clas 64
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on April 18th , 2016

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Congratulates Recruit Class #64 "The Forged" on completion of the recruit academy and being assigned to shift. Twenty new firefighters added to our ranks!

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