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PBCFR at Fun Day Event in Pahokee
Fire Safety Specialist Marvin Hubert. Posted on April 23rd , 2015

On Friday April 17, 2015 members from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue participated in the Fun Day Event held in the City of Pahokee at Paul Rardin Park. Over 300 Pre-K and Kindergarten children attended from the tri city western community. The children loved being able to see the fire apparatus up close and get to interact with their local firefighters.

PBCFR at Black Gold Jubilee in Belle Glade
Fire Safety Specialist Marvin Hubert. Posted on April 23rd , 2015

On Saturday April 18, 2015 crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station 73 and Reserve Battalion participated in the Black Gold Jubilee event in Belle Glade at Torry Island. This yearly community event drew more than 2,000 attendees. Department participation in these community events allows the residents to interact and get to know their local firefighters.

Department Helping Raise Awareness During Autism Awareness Month
Captain Albert Borroto/Photos Courtesy Scott Jurasz. Posted on April 23rd , 2015

April is Autism Awareness Month and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is helping bring awareness by wearing blue and participating in a fundraising event. On April21, 2015 at Butterfields southern café in Royal Palm Beach firefighters from the department participated in a fundraiser. The restaurant was decorated in blue and the department in partnership with IAFF L2928 helped as waiters and waitresses. Money collected during this event was donated to the FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities which provides expert consulting, training and support, at no charge, for people with autism and related disabilities, their families and the professionals serving them.

CAB Corp and PBC Fire Rescue Reserve Battalion Golf Outing and Luncheon for Fire Rescue
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on April 20th , 2015

On Thursday, April 16, 2015 the Community Assistance and Benefit Corporation (CAB Corp) held its Annual Golf Outing and Luncheon in support of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. For over 10 years, the Community Assistance and Benefit Corporation have supported Fire Rescue by holding events such as this. Throughout the years CAB Corp has been instrumental in donating various pieces of equipment to the department including King Vision Laryngoscopes, Tough Books, and most recently PET Oxygen Masks. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Collins and members of his staff played alongside members of the organization at this year's event. At the luncheon Fire Chief Collins presented members of the board with a framed gift thanking this group of amazing volunteers for their dedication and support of Fire Rescue.

PBCFR Hosts Urban Search and Rescue Exercise
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on April 7th , 2015

On March 23-27, 2015 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue hosted a full scale Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) training exercise at the their Regional Training Center in suburban West Palm Beach. This exercise involved specialized rescue teams from across the state, to include the Federal FEMA USAR teams from Miami.

This year participants were challenged with a simulated detonation, a flood and a building/parking garage collapse. Training exercises such as these provided local and Federal teams the opportunity to train together in real life situations. The exercises also help these specialized teams maintain their high skill levels to deploy to natural and manmade disasters.

Several of the local teams participating in this drill included West Palm Beach Fire Rescue, Boynton Beach Fire Rescue, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

PBCFR Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team at Recent USAR Drill
Jason Cohen/Photos Courtesy Susan Taylor Hall. Posted on April 6th , 2015

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) began to establish a Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) in January, 2014. The team has grown to over 20 members consisting of personnel from PBCFR, Palm Beach Sheriff's Office (PBSO), Palm Beach County Health Department, Animal Care and Control, the Municipal Emergency Manager from Wellington, Delray Beach Police, Delray Beach Fire Department and Delray Community Hospital.

A Type 3 AHIMT is a multi agency and multi jurisdictional team used for large scale incidents that will extend into more than one operational period. These Teams operate in compliance with Presidential Directives 5 & 8 (2004, 2013) and the National Response Framework related to response as well as the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Furthermore, Type 3 Teams deploy with at least 8 trained personnel to help manage major incidents where large quantities of local, regional and state resources are being utilized for events such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes or even terrorist attacks to name a few.

The USAR drill held the week of March 23 through March 27, 2015 simulated a detonation, a flood and a major building collapse. The PBC AHIMT managed, directed and attained additional resources which operations personnel needed to complete their mission and provided support for all of the agencies involved in the drill while also practicing completing necessary task book objectives and documentation which is needed when catastrophic events like these happen.

Crews Battle Lunchtime Fire in Battalion Four
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on March 26th , 2015

At 11:36 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to reports of a structure fire on the 7000 block of Prescott Lane in Lake Charleston. First arriving crews reported heavy black smoke from the front of a two story structure. The occupant was outside the home and firefighters were told several family pets may still be inside. Crews immediately began firefighting efforts and simultaneously started a search for the family pets. Firefighters located the pets in an upstairs bedroom and successfully rescued them.
The fire was contained to the garage with only smoke extending into the rest of the home.
The Red Cross was called to assist two adults and two children that have been displaced.
Fire investigators have concluded their investigation and determined that improperly discarded smoking material was the cause of this fire.

PBCFR Crews Battle Early Morning Mulch Fire
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on March 25th , 2015

At 1am on Tuesday March 23, 2015 crews responded to reports of a fire just west of the Turnpike. First arriving Firefighters reported a large pile of mulch on approximately ˝ acre that was actively burning on the 120 block of Armadillo Way. There were two exposures, construction equipment, which the crews immediately started protecting from the fire. With the assistance of the Florida Division of Forestry cutting a fire line the incident was contained. Crews remained on location for the next several days maintaining a fire watch on the burning mulch.

Battalion One Battles Brush Fire Near Kennedy Estates
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on March 25th , 2015

On Sunday night March 22 crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion One responded to reports of a brush fire near the 6900 block of 174th Street North in the Jupiter area. Callers reported visible flames and smoke just east of Interstate 95 in the Jupiter Commerce Park area. First arriving firefighters reported a brush fire in a commercial area located behind Kennedy Estates.
The location is a 30 acre heavily wooded/brush area with limited access. Working throughout the evening with the Florida Division of Forestry crews were able to contain this fire. Remaining hot spots were extinguished by midday Monday. It is estimated that approximately five acres had burned.

Chicago Fire Department visits Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
Captain Albert Borroto. Posted on March 25th , 2015

Chicago FD recently visited and toured our ITS Division, Operations and Dispatch Center to learn how we use Telestaff to staff the department and fill overtime

Chief Jeff Collins and Division Chief Chris Hoch Continue to Give to United Way
Fleet Director Tim Calhoun. Posted on March 16th , 2015

Chief Jeff Collins and Division Chief Chris Hoch Continue to Give to United Way

56% of all County employees donated $452,000 (12% increase) back to the community we live in thru this year's United Way Campaign. Chair of this year's campaign Chief Jeff Collins and Division Chief Hoch promised if Fire Rescue employees gave over $100,000 they would shave their heads. Tuesday at the Post United Way meeting they did just that in front of the United Way Coordinators.

The post meeting was truly a time to celebrate because of the support each Department showed during the campaign. Some of the highlights were that several Departments achieved 100% participation (Legislative Affairs; Risk Management; and Tourist Development Council). Large Departments like Park and Recreation (88%); Water Utilities (79%); Facilities Development and Operations (68%); Information System Services (80%) and OFMB (71%) participation were outstanding. All of the Departments did a great job and thank you to each of the Coordinators for asking every employee to consider this worthy cause.

Since Bob Weisman has been our County Administrator the employees of Palm Beach County under his leadership have donated over $4,619,867.77 (this number represents years 1998 to present).

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